“This collection feels like visions from many centuries whispering all around us.” – Ludwig Leiner/1871 (founder of the Rosgarten Museum)
The Rosgarten Museum, Konstanz
This Museum used to be called “Zum Rosgarten” which translates to “to the rose garden.” It was used as a guild house for different trades people like potters and rope-makers. It was also used by pharmacists, butchers and shopkeepers. The museum has 14 rooms including a café.
The Ground Floor
Thousands of exhibits are packed in the cabinets of this room. The Historic Hall holds objects of archeology, paleontology and geology. I found the Jurassic fossils the most interesting out of all the displays.
Room 1 contains objects pertaining to the law, justice, the Council, the clergy and the citizens.
- Bishops used to rule the town and its citizens around 600 A.D.
- At the end of the 14th century, the city counsel was able to take the power to administer justice from the bishop.
Room 2 contains the medieval model of Constance with a detailed view of the town and artifacts from the Celts, Romans, and townspeople. This town went from being a Celtic settlement to a Roman entrenchment, and then a medieval town.
Room 3 shows the progression of Constance from the medieval to modern times.
Room 4 is the museum café. It displays pictures from the town and mementos of its renowned citizens.
The First Floor (rooms 5 – 10)
Room 5 is the Guild Hall or Zunftsaal. It was used as a parlor by guests of the Rosgarten. The Richental Chronicle (picture of manuscript below), made in 1464, illustrates the important and everyday events in the history of town which centered around the Council of Constance 1414-1418.
Room 6 (upper half of picture below) shows medieval artwork.
Room 7 (lower half of picture below) features displays about the Reformation and Counter Reformation.
Room 8 (right side of the picture below with darker floors) is called the Guldinast Hall. Pictures of previous town mayors (Guldinast family) are displayed on its walls. Most of the art work in this room are from the 17th century.
Room 9 (left side of picture below with lighter floors) showcases paintings from the 18th and 19th century.
Room 10 features the museum cinema and a sleigh which belonged to the French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte. He grew up at a castle near Constance and used to ride this sleigh around the area as a young prince.
The Second Floor (rooms 11 – 14)
Rooms 11 & 12 titled “The Summer Of ’39” features objects and memorabilias of everyday life in Nazi Constance.
These rooms feature the forgotten victims and brave men and women who helped smuggle refugees across the German-Swiss border. It also depicts remnants from Johann Georg Elser’s life (he tried to assassinate Hitler but failed and was arrested). Other objects of interest are photographs of the war, personal belongings and remnants of Jewish life.
The displays in these rooms will make you feel a handful of emotions all at the same time… sadness, disappointment, disgust, anger, and relief. Relief because it’s over and in the past.
Room 13 is reserved for special exhibitions and Room 14 is where the educational events take place.
As far as museums go, this has the most helpful and thorough, free visitor handout compared to the other museums I’ve visited. Some information included in this blog post came from the red booklet you see below.
For more information about this museum, copy and paste the link to google chrome for translation: http://www.rosgartenmuseum.de/