We recommend wearing a mask indoors for your visit.
A time travel to the past
A spacious area with historic buildings in beautiful nature. At the LWL Open-Air Museum Detmold you can spend a great day with your family or friends.
In the workshops you can watch photographers, blacksmiths, bakers and potters at work. In the gardens that are landscaped according to historic schemes you can discover a lot of old plant species and varieties.
In the pastures and meadows you will also find old and partially endangered domestic breeds such as the Senner Horses, the Red Siegerland Cattle (Siegerländer Rotvieh) or the Lippe Geese (Lippegänse).
True to the original
The historic houses were dismantled at the original location and rebuilt in the open-air museum.
The furnishings are true to the original and therefore give an impression of how people used to live and work in former times.
We show you how everyday life has changed over the last 500 years.
An overview of our museum
Opening hours and entrance fees
from 1 April to 31 October
Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Public Holidays (also on Mondays): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Last entry: 5:00 pm
Persons under 18 years: free
Adults: 8 euros
Groups from 16 persons: 6,50 euros
Reduced fee: 4 euros
LWL-Museumscard owners: free
Getting to the museum purposefully
You can come to our museum by car, bus or bicycle.
Arriving by car
Arriving by bus
Starting from Detmold central station
Bus 701 to Berlebeck
Bus 703 to Hiddesen
Bus 782 to Bad Meinberg
From Easter to October also bus 792
Arriving by bicycle
When starting from the center of Detmold:
Take the “Allee-Radweg” along the "Paderborner Straße"
A welcome culture for everyone
Since our grounds are very large, we would like to provide you with useful information so that you can fully enjoy your visit to the museum.
Events and activities
A variety of events and activities for young and old: On our large grounds you can do more than just walking around and looking at the old houses and beautiful landscapes. We also offer numerous events and activities for adults, children, teens and school-groups.
Whether group trips or creative afternoons with friends: We have a wide offer of activities.
For kids and teens
Whether children's birthday events or Sunday excursions: With our hands-on and action programmes there is no time for boredom.
Further information about the program for children and teens
For school groups
For school groups we offer versatile programmes, which are coordinated with the curriculum.