One of the highlights for me, on my visit in Warnemunde, was the Living History Museum. I am very interested in family history and looking into the way other people live. This fisherman’s cottage dates to 1767 and presents the way of life for many of these villagers over the years. There is also a large community of folks, who maintain the traditions of their heritage by presenting local presentations. I couldn’t wait to see the inside of one of the fisherman’s cottages, that I had walked past all morning! Let’s go in!
The museum consists of two cottages, actually, as we will see from the photos. One had the cottage ” household doings,” and the other featured many of the tools of the trade.
The rooms are long and narrow and have a very low ceiling. We were not permitted upstairs in the museum.
I could have spent days looking here! The first room served as a dining room/living room.
At the end of the room there was a selection of kitchen utensils; dishes, tea pots and pans………… dough bowls, strainers, and churns…….crocks and bowls…….
I like the way they showed that pinecones were used for fuel……….I particularly liked that big round iron pot with the grinder gizmo……I wonder what that was used for? If you know let me know…….
I must tell you about our guide for the day. He was a young, good looking, university student, who spoke very good English. We really relied on him because the village of Warnemunde is geared for German tourists visiting the seaside. There are no English signs anywhere on anything. So, we asked him many questions. If we wanted to talk to any of the townsfolk he had to translate, because many of the older people, have no desire to speak English or if they are like me, know some words, but if you go rambling on, get lost in all the bits, and get only part of the conversation. Better to ask a question to the guide and let him ask the question in German, and then translate to us. So he was busy………with us and them……….
Also, are those swan feathers on that table? Looks like it!
I would also like to know what those wooden containers on the wall are…..are they canisters? And that big round disc? What is that? I saw many of the discs used as doors stops in the garden doorways…..they must have been a common everyday-use item…….
I have wondered about this item too…….The round item in the middle looks like a rolling pin. But, what are the other rectangular pieces?…..Many have initials and dates on them……I also wondered if they could be some type of iron, a way to smooth wrinkles out? These items were all in the dining room area.
There was a bedroom at the back of the house. First items on display, were the women’s undergarments and everyday bonnets on a very narrow, tiny bed.
The fine clothing was behind glass………..
A view of the back garden through the lace curtains was nice…
I had to go out and see the back too…..anchors, skis, gravemarkers……..a bit of this and that…….
The Trade side of the museum revealed that the main industry here was fishing……..and the sea……boats, buoys, nets ……and boots……
Other folks were woodworkers, Zimmermen.
Remember seeing the Strandskorb at the lighthouse? This is an older version!
I don’t know which I liked better; the fire wagon or the box of rope!
This was available for the fun days…….
I hope you enjoyed the tour of the local history museum as much as I did. This is a city I definitely would come back to again. When I do, I would have a dictionary with me, because I want to know all about this place! Next, we are going to visit a couple, who are part of the local history club, that has continued to promote their German heritage and their way of life in Warnemunde. I can’t wait to meet them, as they live in one of the cottages right on the sea bank! See you there!