LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern

LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern

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History up close at the LVR Open-Air Museum Kommern

Chickens run freely between the houses, cows graze in the meadows, the smell of bread wafts through the air - it could hardly be more idyllic. At the LVR Open-Air Museum Kommern, visitors walk through villages as they once stood in the Rhineland. The Eifel, Lower Rhine, Bergisches Land, Westerwald and Rhineland Marketplace assemblies feature historic buildings from the former Prussian Rhine Province. Farms, windmills, workshops but also communal buildings such as schoolhouses, bakehouses, dance halls and chapels can be explored. How did people live in these villages in past centuries? How did they earn their living? Visitors take a journey through time and look over the shoulders of craftsmen and farmers at their work. The journey begins at the end of the 15th century and leads to the more recent past with Quelle-Fertighaus and Milchbar. The architectural monuments are embedded in a museum landscape with fields, farm gardens and orchards.

Of houses and inhabitants

The house from Kalsbach in the Oberbergisches region, for example, was built in 1667 as a storeyed structure and served a moderately wealthy farming family as a dwelling house, stable and farm building. The windmill from Cantrup dates from 1780 and grain was ground here for many decades. The community house from Löhndorf in the Westerwald served the inhabitants of the village as a bakery and school. Visitors can experience with all their senses how people used to live and work in the Rhineland. Craftsmen give insights into their work: a blacksmith, a mousetrap maker, a wheelwright, a weaver or a beekeeper show how they used to work.

Animals in the museum

Visitors young and old can explore the houses in which people lived at their leisure. And they will meet all kinds of animals on the grounds, because the museum not only wants to show how people lived, but also what they grew in the fields and gardens and what animals belonged on the farm.

Exploring the 20th century

In Kommern, history is being written: The Rhineland Marketplace is dedicated to the second half of the 20th century. Some visitors will recall memories from their childhood and youth, "oh yes, I know this from the old days". Incidentally, the buildings are not replicas, but were dismantled from their original locations and rebuilt in the museum. The Quelle prefabricated house, for example: In the 1960s, it was possible to order houses from the mail-order catalogue. In Kommern, a house from 1965 is on display, with which the Uhlmann couple in the Puhlheim district of Stommelerbusch fulfilled a great dream. Many other buildings on the Rhineland marketplace will evoke memories and children will see how their parents and grandparents lived when they were small.

Exhibitions and markets

In addition to the assemblies with their buildings and inhabitants, the permanent exhibition "WirRheinländer" (We Rhinelanders) invites visitors on a journey through the history of the Rhineland and the living conditions of its people from the French occupation in 1794 to the early years of the economic miracle around 1955. There are also changing special exhibitions. Many events - spread over the whole year - round off the offer in the open-air museum: from workshops for children and adults to festivals and markets lasting several days. The Anno Dazumal fair, for example, takes place annually around Easter time, there are time screens that take visitors back to the time exactly 50 years ago, a harvest festival is celebrated in September and in Advent, "Advent für alle Sinne" gets visitors in the mood for the Christmas season.


The Open Air Museum is open on 365 days of the year. In summer from 9.00a.m. till 7.00p.m, in winter from 10.00a.m. till 5.00p.m.

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Opening hours

  • From March 1st to October 31st
    Monday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Wednesday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Thursday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Friday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Saturday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Sunday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • From November 1st to February 28th
    Monday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Thursday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Friday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Saturday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Sunday
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Barrierefreie Austattungsmerkmale

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified -  partially accessible for people with visual impairments and blind people".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • Assistance dogs are allowed in relevant areas/rooms.
  • External paths usually do not have visually contrasting or tactilely detectable sidewalk boundaries.
  • The entrance is visually rich in contrast and recognizable by a tactile change of floor covering.
  • There are no visually contrasting or tactilely detectable floor indicators available.
  • The signage is designed in clearly legible and contrasting font.
  • Information for orientation can be captured tactilely (e.g. relief or prismatic writing) and available in Braille.
  • In the open-air museum there are different building groups with a lot of buildings that are often weak or not illuminated at all due to the historical authenticity in the interior.
  • There are obstacles, e.g. objects protruding into the path/room: low ceilings
  • The exhibits/stations are usually well illuminated.
  • The information on the exhibits/stations is provided in writing and is visually rich in contrast.
  • In each building groups there is a touch station.
  • Guided tours for people with visual impairments and blind people are offered.
  • Tactilely detectable exhibits are integrated in the guided tour.
Prüfbericht: Sehbehinderung / Blinde

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified - accessible for with cognitive impairments".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • The name or logo of the museum is clearly recognizable from the outside.
  • The objectives of the paths are always within sight or signs in visible distance are available.
  • The information on the exhibits/stations is predominately provided in writing and in easy language.
  • Guided tours for people with cognitive impairments are offered.
  • The contents (e.g. exhibits) of the guided tour for people with cognitive impairments are easy to understand or are explained in a way that is easy to understand (e.g. visually).
  • On the website there is information in easy language.
Prüfbericht: Kognitive Beeinträchtigungen

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified -  partially accessible for people with hearing impairment and for deaf people".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • There is no alarm.
  • There is an audio induction loop system.
  • The information on the exhibits/stations is predominately provided in writing.
  • In the dining room of the "Gastwirtschaft zur Post" and in the restaurant Watteler there are tables with bright and glare-free lighting, on which there are no lamps standing or hanging that interfere with the field of vision or eye contact.
  • Guided tours for people with hearing impairment and deaf people (in German sign language) are offered on request. A reservation in advance is not
  • Offered aids: Sign Language Videos
Prüfbericht: Hörbehinderung / Gehörlose

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.

  • There are seven marked parking spaces for people with disabilities (parking space size: 380 cm x 500 cm).
  • The path from the car park to the entrance is 300 m long. It is easy to walk and drive on and has a maximum longitudinal gradient of 17 % over a distance of 50 m. There are two parking spaces for people with disabilities directly at the entrance.
  • The entrance is steplessly accessible. There are many buildings in the open-air museum which, due to their historical authenticity, can only be reached via high thresholds or steps. Some houses have mobile ramps that can be set up by your companion. You will find the exact details of the respective houses in our detailed test report.
  • The 3.6 km long path through the open-air museum is 400 cm wide and in most cases not easy to walk and drive on, with a maximum longitudinal gradient of up to 7%. There is seating available.
  • The exhibition rooms at the Museumsplatz are steplessly accessible via a ramp and an inclined platform lift .
  • The ramp to the 2nd exhibition level has a maximum gradient of 14 % and a total length of 7,5 m.
  • The platform of the inclined platform lift is 91 cm x 137 cm.
  • The cash desk is at its lowest point 110 cm high. There is another, equivalent communication possibility while in a sitting position.
  • The exhibits/ objects are predominately visible when seated.
  • There are wheelchair accessible tables available in the dining room of the "Gastwirtschaft Zur Post" and in the restaurant Watteler (maximum height 80 cm, wheelchair accessible at a height of 67 cm and a depth of 30 cm).
  • Guided tours for people with walking impairments and wheelchair users are offered.
  • Mobile or fixed seats are available for people with walking disabilities, which may be used during the guided tour.
  • The entire route of the guided tour is steplessly variable for wheelchair users.
  • Offered aids: wheelchair, (wheeled) walker

Public toilet for people with disabilities (Entrance area, restaurant "Zur Post", restaurant „Watteler“, „Museumsplatz“)

  • In the predominant WCs for people with disabilities you will find the following. 
  • The manoeuvring spaces are:
    in front of/behind the door, in front of the toilet and the washbasin at least 130 cm x 130 cm;
    left and/or right of the toilet at least 90 cm x 70 cm.
  • There are grab rails available on the right and left of the toilet. The grab rails can be flipped-up./The grab rail on the left or/and right of the toilet can be flipped-up.
  • The sink is wheelchair compatible.
  • The mirror can be seen while standing or sitting.
  • An alarm trigger is available.
  • The exact details can be found in our detailed evaluation report.
Prüfbericht: GehbehinderungPrüfbericht: Rollstuhlfahrer

Zertifiziert im Zeitraum:
January 2023 - December 2025
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Mechernich

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LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern
Eickser Str.
53894 Mechernich-Kommern
Phone: +49 2443 99800
Fax: +49 221 82843023

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