Permanent Exhibition

A historical Journey

In Germany’s biggest open-air museum you can get a first-hand impression of what life in the country was like in the past. From April until October you can explore a detailed reconstruction of the living conditions throughout 500 years of Westphalian history in a landscape park covering more than 90 hectares.

Travel through time while touring the scenic landscape on foot or by horse-drawn carriage: from the “Gräftenhof” which was built around 1800 up to the “Siegerland Village” representing the 1960s. More than 115 historic houses were dismantled at their original location and re-erected in the museum. Have a look at their characteristical construction or inspect typical workshops like a windmill, a smithy or a bakery.

You can also have your picture taken in the historical photo studio of “Haus Schwenger“. Take your time to enjoy the fresh air and the charming landscape around you. The variation of the different Westphalian regions is reflected in the museum. The LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold is also committed to breeding old domestic animals which you can encounter during your visit.