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Hofanlage Hagen, © Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum

Dorenburg Open-Air Museum in Grefrath in the Lower Rhine


Houses, workshops and a toy museum

How did people used to live in the Lower Rhine? The Freilichtmuseum Dorenburg (Dorenburg Open-Air Museum) takes visitors on a journey to the past.

The Dorenburg Open-Air Museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of the Lower Rhine. Both the young and young at heart will discover culture and history as they explore the town of Grefrath: courtyards with half-timbered houses and workshops show how the region used to live, work and socialise. This museum provides visitors with lively information on architecture, artisanry, traditions and the subsistence strategies and lifestyles of the earlier residents of the Lower Rhine.

The museum also has a wide range of options for children, including the toy museum, which exhibits authentic toys spanning a period of three centuries. Here, younger visitors can discover games from an era devoid of computers and consoles. Detective magnifying glasses are available for young sleuths at the museum’s reception desk and can be used to decrypt secret messages hidden throughout the museum.

Visitors can buy items from the ‘good old days’ in the museum’s very own corner shop: sweets are counted out one by one and customers can purchase Lower Rhine specialities such as brandy, bread, home-made cakes and fresh eggs.


Opening hours:
Daily except Monday
April - October: 10:00 - 18:00
November - March: 10:00 - 16:00

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Der Mittelaltermarkt, © Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum
Mairitt im Freilichtmuseum, © Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum
Hofanlage Hagen, © Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum
Ansicht auf die Dorenburg, © Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum

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