Every Sunday, our educators are present in the exhibition area and outdoor grounds.
The exhibits themselves cannot speak, and are often by no means self-explanatory. (That might not be such a bad thing, considering the abundance of items exhibited!) However, you may sometimes be curious to know why a particular item is on display, how an 18th century machine actually worked, or why there are no tomatoes growing in the museum garden.
Every Sunday, museum staff are available on location to provide information, explain and clarify the exhibits and answer your questions, thus enabling dialogue and bringing the museum to life.
In addition, we offer a free Sunday tour – a short tour of part of the permanent collection – at 2:30pm.
In the outdoor grounds of Emsland Moormuseum stands a smallholding consisting of a dwelling with small stables and a farm garden. This settler’s site represents a typical smallholding as it would have appeared around 1920, which is divided into three working and living areas. The layout of the garden clearly shows the need there would have been at the time for provisioning.
The settler’s farm has been recognized as an ark farm. Animals bred and marketed by the museum include Landrace of Bentheim sheep, Bentheim Black Pied pigs, Westphalian chickens (Westfälische Totleger), and Diepholz geese. The Landrace of Bentheim sheep are also used for near-natural landscape maintenance of the museum’s upland peat areas, where you may encounter them on a walk.
Emsland Moormuseum is an anchor point of the EUROPEAN ROUTE OF INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE
Europe has 1,500 sites of industrial heritage in 47 countries, including 100 anchor points, each of which is of outstanding interest regarding a topic of industrial heritage. With Europe’s largest collection devoted to peat industry and barren land cultivation, and based on its collections, exhibitions and scientific work, Emsland Moormuseum is on a par with the renowned anchor points of our European industrial heritage. In northern Germany, these include the Upper Harz mining system with the Rammelsberg mines, the buildings of Nordwolle in Delmenhorst, the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg and the Historical Technical Museum in Peenemünde, while North Rhine-Wesphalia boasts massive coal mining and iron processing facilities, and southern Germany the Völklingen Ironworks.
The European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) brings all our industrial heritage sites together in a network, which it activates for tourism; 1,500 sites are interlinked via the 100 anchor points, 20 regional routes and 13 thematic routes.
The Junior Ranger programmes in the national parks, biosphere reserves and nature parks are aimed at children aged 7-12(14). About 40 youngsters in this age group regularly attend the junior ranger meetings at Emsland Moormuseum.
We organize many participatory activities relating to the animals and plants of the peatland and help to take care of the regional peatlands through work assignments. Junior rangers regularly go on camping trips, day trips or excursions to the local nature park as well as other protected areas. Together, we learn how to interact with nature outdoors. You will find more information about junior rangers at junior-ranger.de
The junior rangers form a fixed group. If you are interested, please call us or email us about available places. (There is already a waiting list.)
Who can answer your questions?
Information centre of the international Bourtanger Moor – Bargerveen nature park at Emsland Moormuseum
Lead by: Janna Gerkens / Dr. Michael Haverkamp
49744 Geeste – Groß Hesepe
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us and ask for Janna Gerkens: Tel. No.: +49 (0)5937 7099916
NB: Changes may be made at any time, so consult www.moormuseum.de for the latest information and check your email inbox. Please read the notes in your logbook on the clothing and equipment required for junior rangers. Also, be sure to register for the individual dates.
Due to the corona pandemic, group educational activities are currently not possible. We will keep you informed by email.
You can download and print the current annual programme here: Junior Ranger 2021 annual programme
The junior ranger project at Emsland Moormuseum is supported financially by BOLL Logistik.
Events of the international Moor Nature Park (free of charge for junior rangers with a pass!)
Please check the programme on the Moor Nature Park website: http://www.naturpark-moor.eu/de/naturpark/naturparkkompakt/veranstaltungen/
NB: be sure to check in advance that the event will go ahead or whether there have been any changes!
Events of the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU): Please check the programme on the NABU website: https://www.nabu-emsland-mitte.de
An audio guide is available at the museum ticket office to guide you through the exhibition and the grounds. In the form of a scenic tour, you will be accompanied by a biologist and a 19th century moorland warden. Through a fascinating, highly informative dialogue between the protagonists, you will discover what peat moorland is and learn about the people who settled there, how the land was used economically, and what it meant to work and live there in the 18th and early 19th century. Although considered as wasteland and an area to be cultivated in the past, today we try to protect and preserve the few remaining peatlands. This topic will also be discussed during the tour, which takes approximately one hour.
Where: Museum ticket office
What: Iguide audio tour
How: Free, but deposit required.
In the future: Upload to your smart phone via moormuseum.de
Emsland Moormuseum offers information in the museum grounds about heathland beekeeping in the past and current apiculture in the Emsland region. The museum has kept honey bees in the museum grounds for several years now. The bee trail starts in the exhibition hall before leading through the settler’s farm (insect hotel) and the orchard (beehives) and then to the buckwheat field on the peat uplands (info platform), where there is a small exhibition with a bee colony and displays providing information about heathland beekeeping in the past and present. A flyer with a map and information on this tour are available at the museum ticket office.
Where: Museum ticket office
What: Flyer on honey bees / heathland beekeeping