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Museen der Stadt Lüdenscheid / Geschichtsmuseum

Museen der Stadt Lüdenscheid / Geschichtsmuseum

Continuously alternating exhibitions about the history of Prussia in southern Westphalia, urban and regional history, cultural history, the visual arts and events and social events have transformed the museums into historic-cultural centres in South Westphalia since their inauguration in 1988.

Special collections provide visitors with extensive impressions of the cultural and industrial development of the city of Lüdenscheid and its environs. Outstanding exponents of industrial and technical history are a restored railway train, a steam power generator, airship models and equipment of organised fire protection.

Lüdenscheid was seen in the 19th century as a town of buttons. An impressive button collection informs about the history of the fashion button from the Bronze Age to contemporary times.
A significant collection of historic maps, mainly of the County of Mark, is also owned by the museum.

How to get here


Sauerfelder Straße 14-20, 58511 Lüdenscheid


How to get here

Connection to the national motorway network is via exit No. 14 Lüdenscheid on the A45 federal motorway. The federal motorway A45 itself travels north to Hagen and Dortmund and south to Siegen, Wetzlar, Gießen and Frankfurt am Main. Further alternative connection points are exits No. 13 Lüdenscheid-Nord and No. 15 Lüdenscheid-Süd on the A45 motorway. The two B54 and B229 main roads are also nearby and easily reached within a few minutes' driving. 
Parking options:
- Underground car park of the museum, Sauerfelder Straße (access via  Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße)
- Underground car park of the Kulturhaus of the city of Lüdenscheid, Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 
- Gothaer car park, Martin-Niemöller-Straße
- Car park, Forum am Sternplatz (access via Sauerfelder Straße)
- Town Hall car park, Altenaer Straße


Public transport

Railway travel: Nearby Lüdenscheid railway station, providing hourly rail connection  via the Volmetal railway to Schalksmühle, Hagen, Herdecke and Dortmund.
Bus travel: The "Kulturhaus" bus stop is directly adjacent to the museums in Lüdenscheid. Another important bus stop is the central omnibus station "Sauerfeld ZOB" of the city of Lüdenscheid. From here, bus connections of the Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG) and Busverkehr Ruhr-Sieg (BRS) are possible to all districts in Lüdenscheid and many other towns nearby.


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Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm


Permanent exhibition: Pupils € 1.50 per person, incl. tour; tours: € 40.00
Temporary exhibitions: regular € 5.00 per person; for groups of 10 people upwards € 4.00 per person; reduced € 2.50 per person.; family ticket € 10.00; pupils € 1.50 per person incl. tour; tours: € 40.00 plus entry

Eat and Drink

Der kleine Prinz – the special café in the museums of the city of Lüdenscheid​​​​​​​


Airship Travel

(1) Airship Travel


(2) Geschichtsmuseum

Picture Credits

(1) LWL/Peter Hübbe / (2) LWL/Peter Hübbe