Freiburg: September 12th: “Sein & Schein” – Open Monument Day in the Colombischlössle and in the Museum of City History in Freiburg

The Open Monument Day 2021 will take place on Sunday, September 12th, under the motto “Sein & Schein”. On this occasion, entry to the Colombischlössle Archaeological Museum, Rotteckring 5, and the Museum of City History, Münsterplatz 30, is free on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A colorful program ensures variety.

In the Archaeological Museum Colombischlössle there are guided tours at 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors get to know the neo-Gothic style of the building and walk in the footsteps of European cultural history.

An inclusive tour with sign language interpreter Bea Blumrich at 12 noon through the exhibition “freiburg.archäologie – Leben vor der Stadt” takes you far back into the history of the region. Archaeological finds and a digital terrain model provide information on what the Breisgau looked like many millennia before the city was founded. Families with children aged 5 and over explore the exhibition on a guided tour at 2 p.m. Participation is the order of the day: if you like, you can try out handicraft techniques and lay a Roman mosaic. During a research rally through the villa, children and young people can explore the unknown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and solve tricky questions with a detective’s eye.

For those who prefer to stay at home or who would like to know what to expect in advance, a virtual tour is available on the website

Visitors can also expect a varied day at the Museum of City History. During guided tours at 12 noon and 2 p.m., the focus is on architecture: Christian Wentzinger once had the magnificent palace on Münsterplatz built as an artist’s house. During a family tour at 4 p.m., children and their parents can explore the medieval cathedral construction site.

All events are free of charge. However, it is necessary to register under the telephone number of the respective museum ticket office: Archaeological Museum Colombischlössle: Tel. 0761 / 201-2574, Museum für Stadtgeschichte: Tel. 0761 / 201-2515.

The 3G rule applies. Visitors need proof of vaccination or recovery or proof of a negative corona test. A rapid test may be a maximum of 24 hours old, a PCR test a maximum of 48 hours. Schoolchildren, children under six years of age and children who have not yet started school are considered tested.

About the history of the Colombischlössle:
The villa, built from 1859 to 1861 in the English neo-Gothic style, was designed by the Freiburg architect Georg Jakob Schneider (1809–1883). The building stands on the former St. Louis Bastion, one of the few remains of Vauban’s city fortifications from the 17th century. The villa was soon named Colombischlössle after its builder, Countess Maria Antonia Gertrudis de Colombi y de Bode (1809–1863).

From 1909 to 1924, the city’s antiquity collection was on display here. It was used as a building construction and registry office. From 1947 to 1952 Leo Wohleb ruled the independent state of Baden from Colombischlössle. Then the city archives and the Higher Regional Court moved in. The Museum of Prehistory and Early History has been showing its treasures here since 1983. In 2007 it was renamed the Colombischlössle Archaeological Museum.

On the history of the Museum of City History:
The house “Zum Schönen Eck” was built by the painter, sculptor, architect and founder Johann Christian Wentzinger (1710–1797) as a residential and studio house in 1761. The elaborate facade and the sophisticated staircase are a highlight of late Baroque architecture.

The building, also known as the “Wentzingerhaus”, in the southeast corner of Münsterplatz came into the possession of the city in 1905 and in 1927 it housed the picture gallery of the Augustinian Museum. As one of the few houses on Münsterplatz, it was spared the bombs in 1944 and housed the State University of Music from 1946 to 1983. The Adelhausen Foundation, into whose ownership it passed in 1988, had the Wentzingerhaus completely renovated for the newly founded Museum of City History by 1993. It opened in 1994.

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