This museum is named after Gustav Lübcke, a merchant who was born in Hamm. In 1917, the art lover left his comprehensive collection to the city. This donation made him the founding father of the museum.
Lübcke was interested in almost everything. He collected Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age artefacts, Ancient Egyptian burial objects, antique pottery, Gothic Madonnas, Franconian glassware and modern furniture. His main area of focus was on hand-crafted items from all eras.
Today, the museum's organisation into five large permanent exhibitions in total takes visitors through the diversity of Lübcke's collection. Its five different sections give the museum a unique selling point, making it without parallel in the Ruhr area. Lübcke's pet project, the applied arts section, spans a period of time which extends from the early medieval period to the present day.
Another highlight is the permanent exhibition “Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts”, home to a selection of art from the 20th century. This exhibition displays expressionistic works, particularly the work of Soest-born artists Wilhelm Morgner and Eberhard Viegener. A considerable amount of space is also given over to the German Informel.
Our insider tip would be the collection of Egyptian art. It is in this field that the Gustav-Lübcke-Museum boasts the most extensive collection of small sculptures, jewellery, amulets and mummy portraits in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia. The magnificence of the valuable exhibits – which include two mummy caskets – gradually unfolds across 500 m2 of museum space.
The archaeology section is also worth a visit. It was here that scientists discovered traces of beeswax on a 13,000-year-old spearhead while carrying out research. This is the oldest evidence which has ever been found for the use of beeswax as an adhesive. The wide range of exhibits at the museum is rounded off with a section on the history of the city. What's more, it is now possible to pay a virtual visit to the museum. The website allows 360° insights into four of its five sections.
Like the Kunstmuseum Bochum, the building in which the Gustav-Lübcke-Museum Hamm resides was designed by famous Danish architects Jørgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert. They designed an elegant façade which curves towards the Bahnhofstraße, reminiscent of an oversized grand piano that has been set up in the city centre. Following a series of necessary renovation works, the city of Hamm was finally able to celebrate the re-opening of the museum in 2015.
The mediation of art and culture is an activity that the Gustav-Lübcke-Museum takes very seriously. The exemplary work carried out by the museum educators has been proven to be a great success. In Hamm, the museum is considered an important place for extra-curricular learning. Fundamentally, it addresses all age groups. The diverse range of events on offer are directed at all members of the family, as well as at groups ranging from nursery school level, to school classes, to retirement home residents.
Among the services offered by the museum is an audio guide tour designed just for children – narrated by Jürgen Kluckert, the voice of Benjamin Blümchen, the main character of a popular children's cartoon series in Germany. What's more, additional multimedia guides also make a visit to the museum much easier for guests with visual impairments.
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