History Museum of Bielefeld

Historisches Museum Bielefeld

The Museum of History tells the story of Bielefeld and the surrounding area from the city’s foundation in 1214 to the present day in a vivid and lively way. The museum is undergoing a reorganisation over the next few years, starting with the opening of the new Middle Ages section in 2014.

The focus of the exhibition remains the history of industrialisation in and around Bielefeld. The museum itself is housed in one of the principal starting-points of that development, the restored buildings of the former Ravensberg Spinning Mill. In that setting, original machinery and products from the main branches of industry – such as the famous Bielefeld sewing machines and bicycles, and products made by the firm of Dr. Oetker – along with artefacts of working-class culture and the middle classes illustrate the working methods and lifestyles of the city’s population.

The Museum of History also hosts special exhibitions from time to time. These look at historical aspects in greater detail and focus on current topics using modern methods and display techniques.

Exhibitions and events

Die große Illusion. 125 Jahre Kinogeschichte(n) aus Bielefeld

Temporary exhibition until 25.04.2021

Bielefeld hat an der frühen Geschichte des Films einen nicht unerheblichen Anteil. Der berühmte Stummfilmregisseur Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau wird hier 1888 geboren und ein Jahr später Joseph...

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