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Historisches Museum Bielefeld

Historisches Museum Bielefeld

The location itself and the building of the Historic Museum already form an association to the theme of Prussia.

The museum is situated on the site of the former Ravensberg spinning mill. The factory constructed from 1855 onwards with its numerous ancillary buildings and surrounded by a historic park is today counted as one of the outstanding industrial memorials in North Rhine Westphalia. The impressive "factory castle" opposite the Historic Museum brings together the style of Prussian castles such as Babelsberg with the practical functionality of English spinning factories. This highly historic site was threatened with demolition in the 1970s. Several citizens' initiatives fought, ultimately successfully, for the preservation of the ensemble. In 1994 Bielefeld's Historic Museum was able to be accommodated in several heritage-protected buildings connected by modern intermediate building sections.

Bielefeld was the main town of the County of Ravensberg. Following the demise of the Dukes of Cleves in 1609 it passed to Brandenburg-Prussia. The manufacture and trade of linen made it an important region for commerce. The Prussian rulers ensured quality control of the linen in order to also promote its export, and consequently made Bielefeld a main hub for transshipment activities. In the 18th century the State forced an improvement of bleaching methods with the aim of maintaining international competitive capability. Since the 1830s it also pushed for the overdue industrialisation of the linen trade. In its permanent exhibition the Historic Museum displays original objects from the history of the linen trade such as the impressive table of canvas display (Legge). The garrison, the estates, the Church and administration as well as the effects of the Thirty Years' War on the town are also highlighted.

How to get here


Ravensberger Park 2, 33607 Bielefeld


How to get here

A 2 Dortmund-Hanover, exit Bielefeld-Zentrum, follow the signs to "Ravensberger Park". Parking spaces along Bleichstraße and in the car park in Hermann-Delius-Straße


Public transport

City railway lines 1-4 to Jahnplatz, bus routes 21 and 22 (bus stop: VHS/Ravensberger Park) and 24-26 (bus stop: Kesselbrink)


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Opening hours

Wednesday to Friday 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday / Sunday 11 am - 6 pm


€ 6

groups of 10 persons upwards € 5

children and young persons to 18 years old and students € 3

family ticket € 9

pupils in class groups € 0.50

Eat and Drink

Bistro in the VHS opposite the museum, café in the adjacent "Lichtwerk" cinema


Signet of the trade and show court of Bielefeld, 1767

(1) Signet of the trade and show court of Bielefeld, 1767

Militia helmet, 1842

(2) Militia helmet, 1842

Picture Credits

(1) HMB / (2) HMB