Currently our museum is closed until March 2021

In addition there will be no Christmas Market in 2020

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Textile and Fiber Arts Exhibit


Wool is one of the oldest material known to mankind to make cloth, hats, shoes and fiber arts. Dont miss the opportunity to see an incredible felt art exhibit at the Museum der Schwalm from October 4th to the 25th 2020.


On Saturday, October 10th you can learn how to make objects from wool using a variety of techniques. Space is limited (masks are required), so come and sign up early.

Come visit us for an exceptional art exhibit about Vincent Burek who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. This post-war modernist worked with different materials and in various styles, from linocut to wall art and charcoal drawings.


Exhibit runs till August 30th, 2020.


Masks are required during the visit.

We were pleased to offer a Whitework Embroidery Exhibit on June 21 till August 11, 2019.

Additionally, three other workshops on the topic of embroidery were offered this summer:

Introduction to Whitework Embroidery

Schwalm Buttonmaking

Introduction to Whitework Embroidery



Hope you can join us next year for more exiting workshops.


Schwalm Button Making Workshop

For our English speaking Visitors

The Museum der Schwalm, the Schwalm Touristik and the City of Schwalmstadt (Ziegenhain) are now members of Forte Cultura a cooperation for European Culture Routes and Places of Fortified Monuments.



2019 Christmas Market

The museum presented a three day market in an enchanted atmosphere on two floors and our courtyard with over 30 artisans and craftsmen.

Our upstairs cafe´ offered delishes homemade cakes, coffee and regional specialties.


Please visit us starting September 1, 2019  for our World War 2 exhibit and how the war affected the people in the region.


The Museum


The Museum der Schwalm is located in the historic part of Ziegenhain (Schwalmstadt 2) in the former governors’ building from 1363.


The core exhibits of the museum are:

White work embroidery and its development throughout the last 200 years.

The colorful ethnic dresses of the region, called Tracht, are displayed in individual sections, as well whole rooms. Short film clips explain the rich heritage of the region.

Regional furniture, including numerous Brautstühle or bridal chairs add to the overall picture.

Original paintings, drawings, and lithographs from national and international artists (including Bantzer, von Reutern, Grimm, Knauf, Lins, Beithan, Waentig, Mons) who resided once in the Malerkolonie Willingshausen, the oldest of its kind, can be enjoyed by the visitors.


Adults: €5.00, incl. an English guide book.

Disabled (50%>) and students with valid ID: €3.00

Admission is free for children under the age of 14.

Members of the Schwälmer Heimatbund: free


Guided tours in English (available upon request): additional €1.00 p.p.

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday, including holidays: 2 pm to 5 pm

Closed Mondays, but guided tours are available upon request.


The Museum der Schwalm is part of the “My Card Plus” program of the Grimm Heimat Nord Hessen Tourism.

Museum Shop

Visitors can select from a wide variety of art books, postcards, and regional gift items. Furthermore, the shop sells patterns, and catalogue guides from previous white work embroidery exhibits, linen and pattern books, as well as art books from local artists (Bantzer, Kaetelhoen, Bogler. Knaus, Painters of the Willingshaeuser Malerkolonie).


For further information and prices, click on the "Museumsshop" on the right or contact us at: