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Versunkene Welten - Fossilientag mit Mineralien- und Fossilienbrse

Edelsteine und Mineralien, die in den schnsten Farben glitzern und...


2.07.2017 15:00

ffentliche Erlebnisfhrung

Von der Urzeit ins Mittelalter
8.07.2017 11:00

Bltterhhle und Hnenpforte

Archologisch-geologische Exkursion
9.07.2017 11:00

Tauchfahrt in die Vergangenheit

Exkursion in den Steinbruch Hohenlimburg
16.07.2017 11:00


Steinbruch-Exkursion fr Kinder ab 4 Jahren
21.07.2017 15:00


Von der Urzeit ins Mittelalter

Historisches Centrum Hagen

Paleontology, Archaeology and History

The Historisches Centrum Hagen is located in a former chain-factory that has been completely restored in 1998. The main office of the Historisches Centrum Hagen combines facilities for different ways of cultural life right in the middle of the city district Eilpe, a part of Hagen with a notable history. In Eilpe the Museum of the City presents the history of the town and its region. The well-known Museum of Palaeontology and Archaeology is located in the 13th century castle of Werdringen in the city district Vorhalle.

Hagen is the 37th largest city in Germany, located in the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia. It is located on the south-eastern edge of the Ruhr area, about 15 km south of Dortmund. Hagen is called "Gate to the Sauerland", the Montains region south of the Ruhr. This region is one of the historical areas for fossils and archaeology in Germany. North Rhine Westphalia contains the largest number of museums in Europe.

Museums and Archives

Life-large model of an ice-age Mammut in the Museum of Archaeology in the Werdringen castle

As an institution the Historisches Centrum Hagen is responsible for the Museum of Hagen, the Museum of Palaeontology and Archaeology in the Werdringen Castle, and the Archive of the City - one of the largest municipal archives in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Furthermore, the Historisches Centrum Hagen is involved in cooperations with several institutions, organisations and museums in Germany and in other countries world-wide.

The Historisches Centrum Hagen is a place for research and presentation of history with a supraregional reputation. It serves as a well known address for researches on History, Archaeology and Palaeontology and cultural life in South-Westphalia and the Ruhr-Area.

The remnants of the eldest modern humans, who were found in the Ruhr district and in Westphalia

This region is among the three largest conurbations in Europe. 5.3 million people from 140 nations live in what is one of the richest cultural landscapes in Europe. The Ruhr is European Capital of Culture 2010.

In Hagen the oldest remnants of modern humans in post-glacial Europe were found in the deep cave Bltterhhle. The people lived in the Hagen area near the end of the last ice age, in the early Mesolithic over 11,200 years ago. The remnants are to be seen in the Museum for Archaeology.

Almost with the opening it presented the famous Marlene-Dietrich-Exhibition of international importance. Further exhibitions in the years to follow proved to be well-frequented as well and are still to be viewed on the internet-presentations.

In the Internet the Historisches Centrum Hagen makes some English-language sides available with historical information about the Ruhr area:

Battle of the Ruhr - Air attacks 1939-1945
Hagen and the U-boats - The storage battery plant in Hagen

Online activities

In the exhibition of the City Museum of Hagen are numerous Multimedia stations

Since 1994, the Historisches Centrum Hagen offers information on the various institutions and their field of activity as well as specific ressources on a global level. For example in cooperation with the well known H-Net at Michigan State University the Historisches Centrum Hagen supports the international scholarly mailing list H-Museum.

The Historisches Centrum Hagen hosted the mirror server and supports the German section of Virtual Library museums pages: the eldest and world-largest catalogue of online museums and museological resources.

The Virtual Library Contemporary History is the one of the main resources on historical research to this topic, similar to the Virtual Library Early Modern History.

The webserver of the Historical Center is contacted by about 55.000 visitors from more than 100 countries per month who gain access to more than 350.000 pages of information. Several international web-portals of cooperation partners can be used to start searches on the internet.

Finally a number of scientific information-lists are hosted on the Centres mailserver. For example the mailing lists "NS-Zwangsarbeit" and "Geschichtskultur Ruhr" are part of this server.

The main informations of this site will be available in English-language in the near future.