The former church barn, which today hosts the museum of the Heimatverein Datterode, was the public icehouse for years in the past. It was left by the lutheren church to the community Ringgau by contract of July 24th, 1986 to be used as storage. free of charge for 25 years. The community was allowed by this contract to lent the building to Datterode associations. There were no costs raised, because the community sponsered the renovation of the building during the village restoring program.
In 1991 the community dedicated the barn to the Heimatverein Datterode to erect a „local museum and Boyneburg-palor“. This usage of the barn was accepted by the church administration with a second contract.
After a lot of work by enthusiastic members of the Heimatverein over the years a small, but charming museum was developed. It shows touchable history through different exhibits. In the mid of 1995 the museum presented itself in today’s form.
In the first room behind the entrance you will find on the left-hand side a high glass sideboard that is a few meters long. It is partly used for alternating exhibitions. The other part exhibits a model of the Boyneburg-castle as it appeared around the year 1400. The model was built by our member Harald Eifler in more than 700 hours of work.
Left:Space for changing exhibitions; right: Exhibition of the Boyneburg-castle model
On the right-hand side you will find the stairs to the first floor. An old shoemaker shop and some other historic items are located behind the stairwell.
Shoemaker-workshop and other exhibits
Through a historical door you step into the central room of the museum. A completely furnished kitchen in the style of the 1920s greets you. Visitors get the feeling of the old times. The furniture and utensils give you an idea of the life of a family in the countryside. The kitchen was the place where life took place until the newer times. We do not want to list the whole collection for we want you to experience all of it yourself and see the details of this lovely arranged room. The following photos give you a little idea.
The kitchen is not a classical museum. It is a “gemuetlich” (cozy) room for meetings, celebrations and a place to talk the local dialect. It’s quite an experience when the home made „Bratwurst“ is frying on the old stove, the onions stewing in the same pan, filling the room with delicate smells that are mouth watering.
The wall at the staircase is showing historical items and photos as well.
From the first floor you will have a nice view of the exhibits that are located on top of the sideboard.
The ceiling of the upper floor has no adequate height for all visitors. Tall people have to watch their heads. But bending is worthwhile to see those exibition objects from house, court, school and old professions of years gone by, which were collected over years. Touchable history was saved.
There are no global opening hours of the museum but by contacting the Heimatverein you can visit the museum. Once a year as the Heimatverein organizes a „Day of open museum“ within the framework of the „International Museum Day“. Each one of these days has it’s own theme.
Looking to „Archives“ – „Eventarchives“ you can get informations (sorry, only in German) about the „Day of open museum“. The next date you will find under „Current“ – „Events“.
We are inviting you to visit our museum. Get in contact! We extend our warm welcome to you!