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Children’s Birthday Parties

Birthday Party at the Museum

Children forge with the museum blacksmith at the Oelchenshammer

A fun birthday party for children and at the same time stress-free enjoyment for the parents – that is possible! With children’s birthday parties offered by the LVR-Industriemuseum. At the Kraftwerk Ermen & Engels (Power Plant) or at the Oelchenshammer (Forging Hammer) the child with a birthday can spend a great afternoon with their siblings and friends and at the same time learn a lot worth knowing about work and life 200 years ago.

Flywheel in the generator room

Painting with light

High chimneys, massive machines, small everyday objects - the Industrial Museum preserves versatile objects from industrial and everyday history. In the workshop, the children can put these testimonies of the past in a new light. Using flashlights and unusual materials such as straws, Plexiglas or glittery strings and tablets, they experiment on site with the function of long exposure and visualize their own ideas with special lighting effects. The group receives all their photos digitally.

Age: from 4 years and older

Duration: approx. 2 hour

Price: 80€ (12 participants), 160€ (13-20 participants)

Site: Ermen & Engels Cotton Spinning Mill

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Museum educator shows children how to make paper

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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Activity-oriented option: Make steam!

After a tour around the Ermen & Engels water power plant and a demonstration of the imposing steam engine, the girls and boys start up model steam engines and generators.

Age: 6 – 13 years

(The programme is adapted to the age of the group)

Duration: approx. 2 hours

Price: 80 € per group (incl. guided tour)

Site: Kraftwerk Ermen & Engels (Power Plant)

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Exterior view of the Oelchenshammer with the adjacent pond

The Last Hammer

During this tour the children experience the last water-powered forging hammer in the Oberbergisches Land. With the idyllic mill pond, the waterwheels and hammers, the complex which is more than 200 years old presents a vivid picture of how steel was once produced using fire and water.

Age: from 6 years

Duration: approx. 1 hour

Price: 50 € per group (40 € for school classes)

Site: Oelchenshammer (Forging Hammer) (from April to October)

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Boy shows a self-forged piece of iron

Red-hot Iron

The museum forger lets the boys and girls look over his shoulder while he works. Then it is their turn to forge a piece of red-hot iron for themselves. Age: from 10 years / max. 8 children.

Duration: approx. 2 hours

Price: 90 € per group (70 € for childrens' groups)

Site: Oelchenshammer (Forging Hammer) (from April to October)

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