Three countries but only one region
Presented in German and French, the entertaining exhibition in Lörrach covers the past and present history of the Three Countries region "Germany - France - Switzerland". Especially similarities in politics, economics and the daily life of the people are the base of the regional nature- and culture region. The museum shows how the people got separated in different nations.
At the end of the exhibition, there is a place for looking into the future of the Three Countries region. Presented over an area of approximately 1000 square meters, 2000 historical pieces from Alsace, Baden and Switzerland illustrate important historical events determining the identity of the region.
More than a classic exhibition
The “It’s up to you!” game book" offers children a fun discovery of the exhibition. There is also an app, which enables access to two interactive parkours. (It can be downloaded in Google Play Store and in App Store.)
The museum has two areas in which temporary exhibitions take place. On the upper floor are the big exhibitions on an area of 400 square meters. On the ground floor the smaller exhibitions are located. You can visit those for free.
The museum also publishes magazines which give more information about the exhibitions. You can buy them in the museum shop or order them to be delivered home.
More information about actual exhibitions are given on the website of the museum.
Coffee and cake by the in-house confectioner
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can enjoy the homemade cakes at the museum café. The goods are made by the in-house confectioner which makes them a real must, when visiting the museum on weekends. You can also drink some tea, coffee or other non alcoholic drinks or have some ice cream.
An old collection - the history of the building
The birth of the collection dates back to 1882 and the creation of the association "Altertumsverein of Lörrach" which brings together a few people interested in regional heritage. In 1927, the association handed over its collection to the town of Lörrach, which, for its part, undertook to maintain and expand it. Five years later, the new Heimatmuseum got opened in a baroque building in the Burghof. After the Second World War, it was not until 1953 that the museum reopened. The permanent exhibition mainly presents pieces of sacred art, painting and ethnology.
The baroque building was demolished in 1975 and until the opening of the current museum in 1978, the collection was stored in various municipal buildings. The current museum building dates from 1755. It was originally a tobacco factory transformed into a school in 1761. In 2002, the building was transformed again and partially restored.
How to get there
The museum is located in the city center of Lörrach.
The Burghof car park is about two minutes away from the museum. It costs one euro half an hour and one euro per hour, when you reach four hours. The daily maximum is 12 euros.
By public transport
- S-Bahn 6 (Basel Bad Bf- Zell i. Wiesental) to Lörrach Museum / Burghof
- Tram line 6 to Riehen Grenze, after crossing the border take bus 6 or 16 to museum station