Grafik Papiermühle Alte Dombach

Schools and Leisure Groups

Options for children and adolescents in kindergarten, school and leisure groups

Two children in front of a pile of papers in the museum

More vividly than any book, Alte Dombach gives an impression of work in the paper mills and factories. During guided tours, activity-oriented options or project weeks which appeal to all the senses, the children and adolescents learn about the historic paper mill and its variety of topics and develop technical and social competence from the museum education programmes.

At the end of every guided tour the children and adolescents can make their own sheet of paper at the vat (additional approx. 30 min). Please note that guided tours and the various programmes should be booked two weeks in advance if possible. A group is maximum 25 persons or one school class.


Museum educator shows children how to make paper

1. Childhood in Alte Dombach around 1850

The paper maker’s children, Gertrud and Johann Berg, lived and worked in the paper mill. During a guided tour around the museum girls and boys learn how they lived and what work they had to perform in the paper mill.

Age: 4 - 11 years / Kindergarten – 3rd class

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

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Museum educator shows children how to make paper

1. Childhood in Alte Dombach around 1850

The paper maker’s children, Gertrud and Johann Berg, lived and worked in the paper mill. During a guided tour around the museum girls and boys learn how they lived and what work they had to perform in the paper mill.

Age: 4 - 11 years / Kindergarten – 3rd class

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

To book

Museum educator shows children how to make paper

1. Childhood in Alte Dombach around 1850

The paper maker’s children, Gertrud and Johann Berg, lived and worked in the paper mill. During a guided tour around the museum girls and boys learn how they lived and what work they had to perform in the paper mill.

Age: 4 - 11 years / Kindergarten – 3rd class

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

To book

Museum educator shows children how to make paper

1. Childhood in Alte Dombach around 1850

The paper maker’s children, Gertrud and Johann Berg, lived and worked in the paper mill. During a guided tour around the museum girls and boys learn how they lived and what work they had to perform in the paper mill.

Age: 4 - 11 years / Kindergarten – 3rd class

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

To book

Children in the museum

2. Paper production and paper use in the past and nowadays

How was paper made in the past and what was it used for? During this general guided tour the children and adolescents learn about all the steps involved in the pre-industrial production of paper: making paper pulp, at the vat, drying, sizing and flattening. Then they watch industrial paper production on the laboratory paper machine.

Depending on interest, it is possible to select the topic focus. In addition to our topic-related guided tours (programmes 5 – 8), the following topics can be included either generally or in-depth in the museum: The production of paper, the changes in work requirementd, reading, writing, alphabetisation, the role of the newspaper and books in everyday life in the past and nowadays, advertising and packaging.

Age: 8 – 19 years / 3rd – 13th class (Programme is adapted to age of the group)

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

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Self-made water wheel on the Fabrikbach

3. Water sets in motion!

How could water and its power be used in the paper mills? Following a short tour around Alte Dombach the girls and boys build small waterwheels from different materials and then try them out. Wellington boots are necessary for this.

Age: 8 – 13 years / 3rd – 6th class. Max. 15 children

Duration: approx. 2 hours

Price: 80 € per group

Bookable from May to October

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Detail view of a sheet of paper that is being printed on

4. Printing workshop

In the printing workshop initial experience can be gained with letterpress printing and gravure printing. The aim of the workshop is to enable all girls and boys to print a picture of their own design.

The following choices are available:

1. Stamped! Stamp workshop

2. Working with letterpress printing! Colour experiments with styrene

3. Gravure printing workshop (from class 5)

Age: 5 – 16 years / Kindergarten – 10th class. Max. 12 children.

Duration: approx. 1 ½ hours

Price: 70 € per group (plus material costs 1 € per person; for course no. 3 plus 2 € per person)

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Children read in worksheets in the exhibition

5. Museum rally

Children and adolescents can discover the museum independently with the aid of worksheets.

Age: 10 - 16 years/ 4th – 10th class

Duration: approx. 1 hour

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Children on a museum tour

6. Paper production, use and the environment

What is the level of paper consumption in different countries? What would happen if everyone were to use as much paper as we do? The children and adolescents learn of the consequences of paper production and consumption for the environment. Topics are water consumption and pollution, deforestation and forest management and – depending on age of the group – cellulose production and bleaching.

Age: 8 – 19 years / 3rd – 13th class (Programme is adapted to the age of the group)

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

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Children on a museum tour

6. Paper production, use and the environment

What is the level of paper consumption in different countries? What would happen if everyone were to use as much paper as we do? The children and adolescents learn of the consequences of paper production and consumption for the environment. Topics are water consumption and pollution, deforestation and forest management and – depending on age of the group – cellulose production and bleaching.

Age: 8 – 19 years / 3rd – 13th class (Programme is adapted to the age of the group)

Duration: approx. 1 hour (plus paper-making time)

Price: 40 € per group

We recommend that two guided tours be booked for groups with more than 20 participants and the group be split up accordingly.

To book

Dear Teachers!

The museum is ideal as an out-of-school place of learning for all types of school and all classes and for excursions, project weeks, interdisciplinary learning and activities for the (open) full-day school. We would be pleased to advise you personally on how to integrate our options in your lessons and we can also compile a special programme for you. We also offer teacher further training upon request.

Contact us under Tel. 02202/936680 (Mon – Fri 9 – 16 hours).


Pink-blue logo of the culture scouts Bergisches Land

Discover the Papiermühle Alte Dombach (Paper Mill) with the KulturScouts

Bookable options in co-operation with the KulturScouts Bergisches Land

The LVR-Industriemuseum Papiermühle Alte Dombach (Paper Mill) is a partner of the KulturScouts Bergisches Land. With the museum’s own 3-D printer various components are printed which ultimately form a large entity. Children from classes 5 to 10 can find out which objects emerge in the end.