Museum Altes Land
Our history within your reach…
Since 1990 the building, located in Westerjork 49, has been accommodated the museum Altes Land in Jork. This house is a typical example of a Low German House, 35 m long, 17 m wide and 12 m high.
This eventful story of the house started more than 280 years ago, at the end of the road Westerjork. His owner was in financial trouble. In 1821, the farm had to file for bankruptcy, which caused the land to be divided into 19 lots. And so ends the story of a farm whose roots go all the way back to 1524 in Westerjork.
Johann Mählmann bought the building, completely demolished the house, which has been destroyed by a storm and probably rebuilt it in 1825 on the foundation of the burnt down house in Westerjork 49. After 1978, it was no longer inhabited and fell more and more into ruin. In 1983, the fire service even had to demolish the rear of the house. After more than 160 years, the house was once again in ruins. The local bank in Altes Land (Sparkasse Stade-Altes Land) purchased the building and after a public-funding campaign, the house underwent renovations and has been used as a museum ever since.
On an exhibition area of 320 m², the development of Altes Land and the life of their residents, affected by the continuous conflict with the water, is presented.
Today, once more, the farmstead is composed of the main house, a two-gateway barn with landmark status (built in 1590 and rebuilt in 2001), as well as an ornamental Altes Land gateway.
Your contact person in the museum:
Museum Altes Land
Honorary head of the museum: Dieter-Theodor Bohlmann
Tel.: +49 4162 5715
Museum opening times:
April to October: Open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm except Mondays. During winter time from November to March: only open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm.