Borgentreich Organ Museum

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Borgentreich Organ Museum

The Orgelmuseum Borgentreich is a musical instrument museum founded in 1980 and was the first German organ museum . It is located in the center of the small town of Borgentreich in East Westphalia in the Höxter district .


The idea of ​​founding an organ museum was based on the fact that there is an important historical organ in the opposite St. Johannes Baptist Church . The museum was set up in the former town hall, a classicist building from 1850. In addition, the establishment of the museum prevented the demolition of the historic building, which was to give way to straightening the street.

Until 1993 the museum was looked after by the cantor Gottfried Haunhorst and his wife Annemarie on a part-time and voluntary basis. Since 1993, the management of the museum has been combined with the position of deanery church musician and custodian of the organ in St. Johannes Baptist through a cooperation agreement between the city of Borgentreich as the sponsor of the museum and the Archbishop's General Vicariate in Paderborn .

From 2002 to 2004 the exhibition rooms were extensively renovated with funds from the European Union , the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe, the city of Borgentreich and the organ support association based in Borgentreich.

The city of Borgentreich has had the title of Organ City since May 24, 2012 .


Unlike other organ building museums, the museum does not show a collection of different instruments, but illustrates the historical development, the manual production and the functional principle of an organ on 600 m² with historical exhibits, loans or gifts from various organ builders and parishes. Specially manufactured functional models are also available. These also clarify the technical aspects of organ building. After reopening in 2004, the exhibition has a new look. The didactic structure was redesigned with the advice of the Westphalian Museum Office.

Exhibits (selection)

Web links

Commons : Orgelmuseum Borgentreich  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e History of the Borgentreich Organ Museum , accessed on January 7, 2017
  2. City council resolution on the additional title , accessed on January 7, 2017

Coordinates: 51 ° 34 ′ 11 ″  N , 9 ° 14 ′ 26 ″  E