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Collection of the Rhenish State Museum for Folklore

The LVR open-air museum in Kommern and the Rhenish State Museum for Folklore has existed since 1958 and, as a museum of the history of everyday culture in the Rhineland, includes not only the open-air area with historical buildings and exhibition halls but also a stock of over 200,000 objects from the area of rural and small-town everyday life in the Rhineland. When the museum was founded, the focus was primarily on collecting traditional folklore areas in order to be able to document the history of everyday human culture in the past. Objects from contemporary history only occasionally found their way into the museum during these years. This only changed at the beginning of the new millennium, when the Rhineland market place focused on the most recent history of the Rhineland.
The core task of the LVR open-air museum in Kommern is collecting, preserving, researching and communicating. In order to be able to practice the four principles of museum work in the long term, the permanent, correct conservation of the collection is essential. This is the only way to protect and preserve the material, immaterial and personal values of the objects so that the value of the collection is guaranteed and can also be available to future generations.

Guidelines of the German Museum Association (DMB) (in German)
Sammlungskonzept des LVR-Freilichtmuseums Kommern (in German)

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LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern

Rheinisches Landesmuseum für Volkskunde

Eickser Straße, D-53894 Mechernich-Kommern

02443 / 99800

Opening Hours

Open 365 days a year!

Summer 29th March till 31st October: 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Winter 1st November till 30th March: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Admission until 1 hour before closing.

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