Planning your visit

The Open Air Museum is one of the largest in Europe. You will need to take some time to view the historical houses and exhibitions in the 95-hectare grounds. In order to stroll through the museum once, looking at things here and there, you need at least two hours, for the exhibition „We Rhinelanders“ another hour. The museum is open every day of the year. Most visitors come at the weekends in summer, so that these are our busiest times. Mondays and Fridays are especially suitable for a quieter and deeper involvement with the museum.

Besucher in der Baugruppe Eifel

Practical Info

What will the weather be like? Can I bring my dog? What should I wear on an excursion to the Open Air Museum? Here you will find lots of tips for your visit to the museum.

Practical Info

Haus mit Garten im Vordergrund

Walking tours around the Museum

How much time do I need to enjoy a museum visit? Is there a trail around the museum, or an audio-guide through the museum? Here you will find information which will enable you to explore the museum.

Walking tours around the Museum

Nepomuk von Schwerz mit Kindern


Can a child’s birthday be celebrated in the museum? Are there baby-changing rooms? Does the restaurant (Gastwirtschaft) also offer children’s portions? Here you can find all the information for families.


Kinder am Sparherd

Special Needs

How well can wheelchair users get around the museum grounds? Are there WC’s for disabled people? Here you can find detailed information about barrier-free access in the museum.

Barrier-free Aaccess in the Museum

Party in the Pingsdorfer Saal

You can store your luggage in lockers by the entrance and reception desks.

Information about projects, guided tours and courses

All projects, guided tours and courses can be found here. You can also call at kulturinfo and get advice or book: Tel. 02234/9921555,

Kids’ Carts

By the entrance and reception desks you can hire a kids’ cart (Bollerwagen) to pull behind you for a fee of 3 €. During the year the museum offers a series of events and activities especially for children. You can find details about them in the Annual Program.

Walking frames

The Friends of the Museum have purchased walking framesfor the museum, which can be borrowed at the entrance / reception desk.

Lost Property

Lost and found property is kept at the entrance/reception desks. Tel. 02443-9980140

Barrier-free Access

The Open Air Museum is situated on a hilltop and therefore includes gradients of up to 17 % in some places. The footpaths are largely made of cobblestones, as well as water-bound surfaces. Between the individual Groups of Buildings there are benches in the grounds, as well as picnic areas with tables. … more about barrier-free access

Dogs in the Museum

Naturally, your dog is allowed to come into the museum with you. But please keep the dog on a short leash (reel-leashes must be locked) while observing the usual legal regulations. Unfortu-nately, dogs are not allowed into the houses and exhibition halls.


You will encounter subjects for photographic and video recordings all over the grounds. Natural-ly, you are welcome to photograph or film them, but only for private purposes to remember your visit. The commercial use or publication of such images is not permitted. For further in-formation check out Photography in the Museum.