Schabbellhaus, Wismar's Historical Museum
Schabbellhaus, Wismar's Historical Museum Reviews
Schabbellhaus, Wismar's Historical Museum Jun 27, 2009
Wismar’s mayor Hinrich Schabbell had the house and brewery built in 1596-1571. He employed the same Dutch architect who designed the Wasserkunst a few years later. This was one of the earliest renaissance buildings along the Baltic Sea coast and shows the typical Dutch „bacon layer“ design with white limestone ornaments in the red brick (now plastered and painted) wall.
The building hosts the historical museum which presents the culture and history of the city and its surroundings. The original Schwedenköpfe can be admired here, as well as Nix und Nixe* from the Wasserkunst. The medieval past as member of the Hansa is presented, another part of the exhibition presents the Swedish era. The art collection of an adventurous sailor from Wismar who travelled the whole world and finally settled in Australia together with his two sisters is shown. The industry is represented by the shipyards and the train factory. Etc.
* Nix and Nixe, a male and a female water spirit, served as water taps inside the Wasserkunst, later they were transferred to the outside. In the 19th century they were removed „for reasons of morality“ - hmmm, understandable...
The museum is not big, you can comfortably see everything in 30-60 minutes. For English speaking visitors there are booklets with explanations about the more important pieces to be borrowed in every room.
The bridge across the Grube next to Schabbellhaus is named Schweinsbrücke („pig bridge“). In accordance with its name it was recently decorated with four cute bronze piglets.
Part of the Mecklenburg 2009 travel blog
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