In the ceramics museum in Höhr-Grenzhausen you will find almost everything on the subject of clay and ceramics on 2500 m²:
from clay mining, - past and present -, the history and modernity of ceramics to high-tech ceramics and a museum pedagogy as interesting as it is instructive. The museum shop and museum restaurant complete an active and open house, which as a museum has something to offer for everyone! Families with children are very welcome here! Our museum education is creative and interesting!
And our house is completely barrier-free to visit and also well equipped for wheelchair users - ramps are available on all 4 exhibition levels. In the museum shop you can expect stress-free shopping and a pleasantly cultivated atmosphere in the house. On more than 2500 m2 of exhibition space, the Keramikmuseum Westerwald, which was built in 1982 and expanded to 5000 m2 in 2007, displays works from almost 5 centuries of ceramic history.
Over 4 bright, large exhibition levels, visitors are offered a good overview of the historical development of ceramics. Starting with prehistoric exhibits, this leads from the early salt-glazed Westerwald stoneware to magnificent vessels of the Renaissance, the Art Nouveau vessels and the exhibits of the 50s to 90s of the 20th century.
Through spectacular exhibitions and the announcement of the Westerwald Prize as a competition open to participants from all over Europe, the Keramikmuseum Westerwald presents itself as a forum especially for contemporary ceramics. Numerous special exhibitions on ceramic themes inform both trade visitors and guests interested in tourism about current trends in ceramic creation. Symposia, conferences, concerts and lectures offer space for discussion and a growing network within European and international ceramics. The museum shows craft and tradition, design, freely designed sculptures, turned and mounted pieces as well as the innovative use of new materials and techniques.
We are into clay - The Ceramics Museum Westerwald presents the fascinating history of working with clay. Many of our exhibited objects have a long journey behind them. Some vessels made it to the other end of the world. Most of the exhibits have their origins in a Westerwald clay pit. Visit us and embark on a journey through time that began more than 40 million years ago and has lost none of its magic to this day.
Johannes Vermeer, Claude Monet, Max Pechstein, George of England, Empress Augusta, N'Goran Koffi, Henry van de Velde: all were enthusiastic about the Westerwald stoneware. Find out the reason and let yourself be infected. The contemporary and artistic use of the ceramic material is shown in special exhibitions and promoted through competitions.
The mediation of our history and present is important to us. Therefore we have an individual program for each age group. In our well-equipped museum workshop, you are also welcome to become creative yourself under expert guidance.
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Höhr-Grenzhausen is not only the cradle, but also the modern center of ceramic handicraft. In the surrounding area you will find many pottery workshops, which you are welcome to visit. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)