Liesborn Abbey in Wadersloh
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History with art and culture
Liesborn Abbey Museum

Liesborn Abbey

In the heart of the village of Liesborn in the municipality of Wadersloh, nestled against the mighty Romanesque tower of the parish church of Ss. Cosmas and Damian, lies the time-honoured Liesborn Abbey. Probably founded around 815 as a convent for ladies, it once developed into one of the most important monasteries in the diocese of Münster.

From a convent to a Benedictine abbey

In 1131, the women's convent was dissolved and transferred to the monks of the Benedictine Order. In the 15th century, under Abbot Heinrich von Kleve, the monastery experienced an artistic and spiritual heyday with the Liesborn School of Painting, which produced works of art of international renown. The "Baroque Blossom" began with Abbot Gregor Waldmann: The impressive representative building dates from this time. In the course of secularisation, the abbey was dissolved in 1803. In the following decades, the art treasures were scattered to the four winds and many parts of the building were demolished: Of the once stately monastery ensemble with enclosure and farmyard as well as numerous fruit, herb and flower gardens, only the church, the three-winged abbot's and representative building built in the Baroque period and the coach house remain today.

Liesborn Abbey Museum

Since 1966, the former monastery has been home to a more wonderful place for culture and encounters: the still quite young, lively Museum Abtei Liesborn. With its impressive collection of art and cultural history, it is one of the most important museums in Westphalia. Throughout the year, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, museum festivals, markets, guided tours and educational programmes take place here.

Münsterland in detail | Wild Men

Liesborn's "Wild Men Liesborn's "Wild Men
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Wild men in the former monastery

Did you know that Liesborn Abbey Museum has probably the most unusual alarm system in the whole of Münsterland? When you enter the south wing of the baroque residence, you come to the abbot's former chambers. The builder in the Baroque heyday was called Abbot Gregor Waltmann - the "Wild Man" can be found on his family coat of arms as an allusion to his name. To protect his private chambers from unauthorised intruders, he placed wooden guards on the stairs. Where the first wild man still looks almost friendly, the second already raises his cudgel threateningly. A visit to the eerily beautiful carving is an absolute must!

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Service & Offer

  • Child-friendly
  • Guided tours
  • 100 Castles Route
  • Museum in the house
  • Park by the house
  • barrier-free
  • Workshops

Note on Corona

  • The 2G rule applies to the visit
  • The usual hygiene and distance rules apply

Liesborn Abbey

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    09:00 Uhr bis 12:00 Uhr
    14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    09:00 Uhr bis 12:00 Uhr
    14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    09:00 Uhr bis 12:00 Uhr
    14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    09:00 Uhr bis 12:00 Uhr
    14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr

Die Räumlichkeiten der Abtei Liesborn sind nur während der Öffnungszeiten oder im Rahmen einer Führung begehbar.

Liesborn Abbey

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
    ganztägig
  • Tuesday
    ganztägig
  • Wednesday
    ganztägig
  • Thursday
    ganztägig
  • Friday
    ganztägig
  • Saturday
    ganztägig
  • Sunday
    ganztägig

Admission Liesborn Abbey Museum

Admission to the museum is free. A voluntary donation is requested at the entrance to the museum.

Guided tours for groups of up to 25 people are charged at €40.

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Oct
30
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A dream in colour. Discovery Ruhr Area
30.10.2021, 13:00 30.01.2022, 18:00
Cultural Heritage House Nottbeck, Oelde
Exhibition

"Between Dortmund and Duisburg, white is only a dream," Heinrich Böll noted in 1958 in the foreword to Chargesheimer's Ruhr photographs. In the more than 60 years that have passed since then, structural change has given the Ruhr a new face. Coal-mining minus coal - that was the reason for Stefan Thoben to take stock of the current situation. For four weeks, the Hanoverian journalist explored every nook and cranny between Dortmund and Duisburg, photographing off the beaten track as if he were in the middle of it, and christened his book project with a critical reference to Böll and Chargesheimer: "Ein Traum in bunt" (A dream in colour). The work, published by Andreas Reiffer, is on the shortlist for the Ruhr Literature Prize 2021.

For Thoben, the literature of the Ruhr is the key to discovering the region, which had been unknown to him until then. With texts by Frank Goosen, Hilmar Klute, Ralf Thenior, Erika Runge and Wolfgang Welt in his luggage, Thoben compares the literary descriptions with the present. In an Instagram travel diary, Thoben marries the voices from the Ruhr region with his mostly colourful photos and his own observations. The special exhibition at the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate invites visitors to see the Ruhr region through different eyes, both photographically and literarily.

"A dream in colour" are also the watercolour drawings that the Hagen-based architect Marius Schmahl made of Thoben's photographic motifs. Since 2019, Schmahl has been posting his ever-popular sketches on Instagram as "Pottpinsel", which are the best proof of how wonderfully multifaceted and iconic the Ruhrpott is.

We cordially invite you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition on 30.10.2021 at 1 pm at the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate.

On the occasion of the finissage on 29.01.2022 at 8 pm, the indie rock band Trümmer will present their new album "Früher war gestern" at the Kulturgut.

A project of the Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck in cooperation with the Kreativquartier Ruhrort. With the kind support of Verlag Andreas Reiffer.

Time
30.10.2021, 13:00 30.01.2022, 18:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 30.10.2021 to 30.01.2022
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr

feiertags: 11 bis 18 Uhr

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Feb
20
So
Haldenhub Lyrical and photographic walks by Karl-Heinz Gajewsky and Jürgen Brôcan
20.02.2022, 15:00 29.05.2022, 18:00
Cultural Heritage House Nottbeck, Oelde
Exhibition

The Ruhr region is changing, its inhabited and uninhabited areas are subject to constant change. Capturing impressions and observations there is like taking snapshots in the rapid unwinding of time. On closer inspection, however, they become transparent to the historical dimension that cannot be overlooked in all the changes. Besides Malakow and winding towers, the typical features that shape the landscape of the Ruhr region include its numerous slagheaps, heaped-up monuments from earlier mining days that are now far more than just relics of the coal age. The man-made mountains have not only been developed for leisure and recreation, they also document a changed way of dealing with nature that has become characteristic of the entire region. Nature encounters art and artificial design as in few other regions in Germany; at the same time, the tourist lookout points of the slagheaps represent an ecologically important refuge for plants and animals.

Karl-Heinz Gajewsky and Jürgen Brôcan, both winners of the Ruhr Literature Prize, approach the slag heap phenomenon in different ways. Gajewsky accompanied the Hoheward slag heap between Herten and Herne with his camera for over a year and captured the diverse faces of the seasons. In the process, he covered a total of more than one hundred thousand metres in altitude. In his cycle of poems, Brôcan describes the slagheaps as places that are as mystical as they are concrete, where past, present and future meet in a unique and spectacular way. Going "Auffe Halde" is to be experienced sensually and intellectually by visitors in this exhibition.


We cordially invite you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition at the Museum of Westphalian Literature on 20.02.2022, 3 pm, at the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate in Oelde-Stromberg. On the same day at 5 pm, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Ticket to ride - Frank Goosen on the trail of the Beatles", there will be a reading with Frank Goosen. Tickets can be purchased by telephone or on the internet.

Time
20.02.2022, 15:00 29.05.2022, 18:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 20.02.2022 to 29.05.2022
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr

Feiertags von 11 bis 18 Uhr geöffnet.

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20
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Ticket To Ride - Frank Goosen on the trail of the Beatles
20.02.2022, 17:00 29.05.2022, 18:00
Cultural Heritage House Nottbeck, Oelde
Exhibition
Stage
Reading
Music

"... the Red Album and the Blue Album are still among the first things I would get out of our house if there was a fire. After the family. Although - they can all walk themselves by now."

The fact that Frank Goosen became a Beatles fan has to do with moonlighting. With the words "Don't give me any money, give me some records for my boy instead!" Goosen Senior had an electrical retailer pay him at the end of the seventies for a few sockets plugged in after work: with Beatles records. That was it for the thirteen-year-old.

"And then my editor asked me if I would like to be in KiWi's music library, and who I would like to write about. I think I had the answer out before he finished the question. I couldn't have borne it if someone else had written about the Beatles."

In his book "Frank Goosen on The Beatles" (KiWi Music Library), Goosen traces his lifelong obsession with the "Fab Four": remembering his childhood and youth in the Ruhr area and the original locations in Liverpool. The

exhibition at Haus Nottbeck is dedicated to the Bochum writer's journey to the hometown of John, Paul, George and Ringo with texts and photographs from Goosen's private photo archive.

Idea/Concept: Walter Gödden

Design: Jeremias H. Vondrlik


At the opening of the exhibition in the Museum of Westphalian Literature on 20.02.2022, Frank Goosen will read from his book, accompanied by Stefanie Hempel (vocals, ukulele/piano), creator of the musical Beatles tour in Hamburg. Tickets (10€/8€) are available by phone or at www.reservix.de. In addition, there is the possibility to attend the opening of the exhibition "Haldenhub - Lyrical and photographic walks by Karl-Heinz Gajewsky and Jürgen Brôcan" already from 3 pm.

Time
20.02.2022, 17:00 29.05.2022, 18:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 20.02.2022 to 29.05.2022
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr

Feiertags ist das Museum ebenfalls von 11 bis 18 Uhr geöffnet.

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Münsterland bewegt | Return of the Liesborn Gospels

Your tips for Liesborn Abbey

  • The castles of Assen and Hovestadt are two other beautiful historical buildings nearby.
  • The 100 Castles Route and the Roman-Lippe Route offer great opportunities for cyclists.
  • The beautiful and historically interesting city centre of Lippstadt is only about 8 kilometres away.
  • The "Holy Trails" day bike tour takes you to numerous sights in the surrounding area.
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