History, nature and cultural experiences come together in a unique way in the former Bentlage monastery. The 15th-century building has been lovingly restored without obliterating the many traces of its history. A museum on the history of the monastery and the Westphalian Gallery with important paintings of classical modernism invite you to visit. Exhibitions, concerts and many other cultural events take place regularly.
The free guided tours on the history of the monastery start on the hour. The changing history of the place is particularly vividly documented in the architecture. Whether it was the Knights of the Cross, who lived their monastic life here from 1437 to 1803, or the noble family of Looz-Corswaren - the lords of Bentlage left visible traces of change that are diverse and exciting.
At the half-hour mark, the focus is on the museum's collection. Both the sacred works of art, first and foremost the two reliquaries from the 15th century known as Reliquaries, and the paintings created in the 19th and 20th centuries by Westphalian artists such as Otto Modersohn, Wilhelm Morgner and August Macke from the holdings of the LWL Museum of Art and Culture, characterise this journey to art from Westphalia.
A small quiz awaits children at the museum ticket office, with which they can embark on a discovery tour of the works of art in the museum collection. Those who present their completed quiz sheet at the museum ticket office will receive a small surprise as a souvenir of their visit to the museum in Bentlage.