The Permanent Exhibition
In 2007 and 2008 the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition was completely restructured with a particular emphasis on a visitor-friendly layout. Whether you visit the Museum alone, with the family, with friends or with a large group – a tour of the exhibition always be a worthwhile and enriching experience for you!
The exhibition in Hanstein Castle extends over 4 floors with 15 very varied rooms and around 700 sq.m. available for displays. The central attraction is the valuable organ collection, taken into the Museum either as originals or as well-crafted copies. For the outstanding pieces in the collection, you will find compact modern information plaques and supplementary exhibits giving fascinating insights into the techniques of organ construction and its historical development. Great attention is specially paid to the tradition of organ construction in Ostheim vor der Rhön. In this way, technical and musical histories are linked together to form a grand panorama of Western culture.
Of course, we make sure you have plenty to listen to: either the organs played to you as part of the ″Museum tours in sound″, or you can participate actively yourself – not on the historical organs, of course, but on specially constructed stations for listening and participating.
For all our younger Museum visitors and families, the Museum has something special in store for you: an Explorer Rucksack with which you can set off on an adventure journey through the exhibition on which you can de-code the secrets of the organ. No adults allowed!