How does "history at your fingertips" work? The Stadtmuseum Iserlohn answers this question with a question that runs through the entire exhibition: What have the people of Iserlohn been doing all this time? The result is a route in which visitors encounter various living conditions and at the same time actively learn to "understand" them.
The first resident of Iserlohn was a Neanderthal, who fought with mammoths and cave bears. The basement level shows how might have taken place. This transports the observer to a treasure trove of prehistoric animal bones and stone tools. A few thousand years later, Iserlohn is full of wire drawers. They worked in wire reels - specialized water mills that first appeared in a document in 1394 - and drew wire. They used the wire to make chain mail shirts, for example. One such garment can be seen in the museum, and on certain occasions, visitors can try on some of the gear that knights of that time carried around with them.
The people of Iserlohn are still loyal to the wire drawing business today. The variety of products is enormous, only needles are hardly produced anymore. This used to be different. In 1851, more than 4,000 people worked in the needle trade, exports went as far as Asia. Another mainstay of this period was the brass industry. While some of Iserlohn's people made tobacco cans above ground, others dug underground for the zinc ore and brass base material galmei – so intensively that in some areas of the city the ground sank and the resulting mining damage even occupied the Prussian House of Representatives. Prussian troops also ended the brief uprising of the Iserlohn Democrats in 1849, which had begun with the storming of the arsenal in which the museum now resides. How is it all connected? Our tip: go there and find out for yourself!
The museum's educational offerings are aimed at children of all ages and can be viewed online on the Stadtmuseum's website .
Group tours upon request
Stadtmuseum Iserlohn is another interesting sight of WasserEisenLand - Industrial Heritage South Westphalia