The Rostock Cultural History Museum was founded in 1859. It is one of the oldest museums in Northern Germany and is also home to one of the largest and most important art-historical collections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The collections range from paintings, drawings, and crafts, to coins, furniture, militaria, everyday culture, and archaeology. The Cultural History Museum is located in the former Cistercian Abbey of the Holy Cross, and the convent church and historical spaces provide a unique backdrop for the permanent and temporary exhibitions on show.
EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS
The exhibition in the cloisters of the former convent gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Rostock convent. They can also learn about the everyday and festive culture of the former upper and middle classes of the city through the craft exhibition. The coin collection of the Cultural History Museum shows the coin history of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
You can also find a wide variety of paintings, drawings, and sculptures in the vast art collection. The exhibitions on Dutch art, modern art that was ostracized during the Second World War or art in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are all particularly worth a visit. The “Rostock on Art Works” exhibition, with help from numerous paintings and drawings, creates a panorama of the city from the 16th to the 20th century, giving visitors a real insight into just how much the city has changed over the last 500 years.
In an exhibition of historical toys, the Cultural History Museum gives visitors a glimpse in what children’s rooms would have been like in the past, particularly those of middle- and upper-class children.
Alongside the permanent exhibitions at the Abbey of the Holy Cross, there are also regular special exhibitions that focus on different aspects of culture, art, and the history of the city.