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Peasant, Monk and Nobleman. Life in the Middle Ages

27 September 2018 - 25 August 2019

Peasant, Monk and Nobleman. Life in the Middle Ages.

A Hands-On Exhibition

Kings and knights, princes and princesses, noble fighters and knaves, castles with magnificent knights' halls and impregnable walls and towers – the Middle Ages are everywhere, in films and television series, in books and fairy tales. In our cities and landscapes as well, we find many traces of this faraway time: fortresses, monasteries, churches and cities. But how did the people actually live a thousand years ago? What do scientists know about it? And what do the original medieval objects tell and reveal to us?

In this exhibition, you will come across seven persons who lived in the Middle Ages: Of course, there is the knight and the lady of the castle, but there is also the tradeswoman, the minstrel, the craftsman, the monk and the peasant. At 35 hands-on stations you can try out how life in the Middle Ages actually was: Ride in a jousting tournament and forge a sword, dress as a noblewoman, discover a medieval city, join in a dance at court, compose medieval music, learn how difficult it is to farm successfully or discover the mysteries of herbal medicine.

Numerous objects will reveal to you a lot of stories from the time. Some problems the people solved in the Middle Ages with the means they had will be familiar to you today, but some will certainly surprise you!

This exhibition has come about in an international cooperation between the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, the Museon Den Haag, the Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen and Bruns B.V. Bergeijk.


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 0, Fax +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 299

Opening Hours Museum

TUE - FRI, SON 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., SAT 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MON closed

Guided tours for school groups available from 10 a.m.

Opening Hours Library

MON - FRI 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.