South Sauerland Museum


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The Südsauerlandmuseum of the Olpe district in Attendorn has already experienced more than 110 years of history itself. But the events it tells about go back even further into history. On eleven "theme islands", visitors are immersed in the art and culture of southern Westphalia at various times. There is just as much to learn about Attendorn's town history - peppered with Easter customs and shooting festival traditions - as there is about blue bloods, church treasures, guardian spirits and folk beliefs, or church treasures and rural life.

Das Museum von außen

Skulpturen im Museum

Modell der Stadt Attendorn

Geschichte im Museum

Das Südsauerlandmuseum


South Sauerland Museum

Alter Markt 1

57439 Attendorn

Telefon: 02722/3711



The prehistory of the region is not neglected either: echinoderms, cephalopods and crinoids - in fossil form, of course - are the witnesses of a time when no human foot has yet walked through the Sauerland. The Westphalian Pewter Figurine Cabinet is also pretty to look at, a world full of colorful pewter Lilliputians who recreate historical scenes in 22 dioramas.

In the section on the regional history of the Duchy of Westfalen, the focus is on a country in the throes of battle over time. The exhibition unit on "Rural Life" documents life on a 500-year-old estate near Kirchhundem. The unit on "Folk Beliefs" shows that in difficult times people walked the often narrow path between faith and superstition, between devotion and sorcery. Castles and palaces in the Bigge - and Lenner area and the noble privileges, such as hunting, document aspects of a noble life context.

The colorful and traditional history of the town of Attendorn includes the topics of guilds and customs. The visitor leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind when he enters the exhibition unit on monastic culture. Contacts with the rest of the world were also established by the Nikolai fraternity, from which Hanseatic merchants had been recruited since the 13th century. Church treasures show the high art of gold and silversmiths from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The final point of the tour is the Westphalian pewter figurine cabinet.

(Text: Südsauerlandmuseum)

The Südsauerlandmuseum is a place of experience at the and a sight at >WasserEisenLand - Industriekultur Südwestfalen.


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