On 18 March 2018, the new LVR Niederrheinmuseum Wesel (Lower Rhine Museum, Wesel) will open its doors to visitors. The former Prussia Museum was turned into a new exhibition space for the history of the Lower Rhine region after being taken over by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (the Rhineland landscape association) and undergoing 3 years of refurbishment.
Until 14 October, the first special exhibition will present the history and development of this border region from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Entitled “Weser and the Lower Rhineland. Treasures that have a story to tell”,(“Wesel und die Niederrheinlande. Schätze, die Geschichte(n) erzählen”, it gives an insight into this great, cross-border cultural and economic space on all three exhibition floors. The second special exhibition also takes up a typical Lower Rhine theme: “Up and away – 200 years of cycling history on the Lower Rhine” (“Hin & Weg – 200 Jahre Fahrradgeschichte am Niederrhein”) guides visitors through the cultural history of the bicycle. The exhibition items on display range from the wooden running wheels and penny-farthings of the early days to the mass use of the pushbike and goods carrier bike at the end of the 19th century through to today’s hobby and racing machines.
The new permanent exhibition in the museum, which is housed in a former grain warehouse of the Wesel citadel, will be opened in 2020.