Terrain of the outdoor museum Wolfsee photographed for a bird's eye view

Open-Air Museum Molfsee

Schleswig-Holstein in a day.

On the premises spanning a surface of 40 hectare, with its meadows, gardens, fields and ponds, you can discover more than 60 historical buildings, farmsteads and mills of the different landscapes of Schleswig-Holstein.

Furniture, household goods, working devices but also animals as they used to be kept on the farmsteads in the past, turn the open-air museum Molfsee, which was founded more than 50 years ago by a private sponsoring association and is located on the outskirts of Kiel, into one of the most popular excursion destinations in Schleswig-Holstein.

Craftsmen, such as basket makers, blacksmiths, woodturners, potters, weavers and wood carvers demonstrate their crafts in a number of different buildings and, in part, sell their products. In numerous buildings, apart from the corresponding equipment, a variety of individual collections is on display: agricultural devices, toys and dairy machines. There is a presentation regarding the history of milling as well as documentation and equipment for whaling, documentation on “Armenwesen” (journal on relief for the poor) and on life on a Hallig.
A pharmacy with an exhibition and herb garden offers insights into the history of pharmacy.

A heritage railway conveniently transports you through the extensive premises. At the historic funfair, two carousels, a swing boat and a large playground invite visitors to come and enjoy themselves. Products from the dairy, bakery, “Räucherkate” as well as the fish smokehouse ensure that no-one must go hungry, and the dairy and kiosk offer refreshments and snacks. At the entrance, the museum restaurant Drathenhof invites visitors to sojourn.

Opening hours:
March to October: daily from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm; admission until 05:00 pm

Freilichtmuseum Molfsee – Landesmuseum für Volkskunde
Hamburger Landstraße 97

24113 Molfsee
+49 (0) 431 65966-0

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Text & Photos: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen – Schloss Gottorf