Since October 2013 the Bomann Museum, one of the most significant cultural history museums in Lower Saxony, is presented completely updated. During the last few years all permanent exhibitions have undergone a complete redesign to provide seven individual thematic areas which highlight in different ways the cultural history of the town and its region.
Celle and its surrounding area – A journey through time
A chronological tour introduces the town history of Celle. In addition a film takes visitors on a visual tour of the district presenting many of the themes displayed in the new permanent exhibitions.
Smoke, stench and grind – The farmhouse
The Low German farmhouse integrated into the museum since its establishment has been revamped. New updated presentation vividly illustrates typical work such as threshing, cooking and the slaughter of animals. The lighting emphasizes the character of the hall house where living areas and stables are under one roof.
Heathland – Honey – High-tech: A region through the ages
This tour depicts the importance of agriculture within the cultural history of the Celle region. Even today the image of the farmer is associated with an idyllic life in the country. The reality however was right up to the 19th century hard labour and the dependence upon different masters. Today’s global markets have created new dependencies and interlacing, and today’s farmer is also a businessman.
Hearth and home – Education and society: bourgeois culture in Celle
Here the museum displays the ‘Biedermeier’ period. Descriptive biographies illustrate family life of Celle’s merchants and craftsmen. On the trails of these persons the visitor is introduced to the public life of the 19th century. Through the commitment of the middle classes, institutions and developments originated at that time which continue to this day.
Achievement, strikes and guest-workers – Aspects of work
Since the end of the 19th century advances in technology and science have also had an impact on Celle. The discovery of raw materials, technical inventions and also dedicated researchers changed production methods and the way of working. With reference to selected companies the working and living conditions of craftsmen and workers are depicted and the requirements for entrepreneurship and increase in turnover are outlined.
Not from here? Migration and integration in Celle’s region To this day the town and its region have been shaped by people who migrated here at different times, either voluntarily or forcefully, and who settled here. By looking at the Huguenot religious refugees in the 17th century, the German refugees and expellees after World War II and the Yezidi-Kurdish refugees, the experience with the loss of one’s homeland and settling in a foreign country is portrayed.
Painted, praised in song and toured – The discovery of the Lüneburg Heath
The focus is on the Lüneburg Heath and its discovery by travellers, artists and writers. Right into the 19th century the heathland was regarded as bleak and barren. Then Hermann Löns came along and made the Heath famous. From the 19th century on, not only authors appreciated the beauty of the Heath, painters also succumbed to the charm of the barren landscape. When mentioning the poets of the Heath, alongside Hermann Löns, Arno Schmidt is definitely to be included. It was him who gave the Heath a place in world literature. Sections of the permanent exhibition are therefore dedicated to these two poets who could not be more different.