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“Interesting little museum full of history of Konstanz”

Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz
Ranked #7 of 40 things to do in Konstanz
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Interesting little museum full of history of Konstanz”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

This museum has just 2 levels and a garret floor and it´s worth a visit. It is located in the old town of Konstanz and it has a collection that gives an interesting overview about the city and its past. Th museum was founded in 1870 and the building is the original, very well preserved.

I went there attracted to see the book of chronicles called "The Richtenthal Chronic" written by citizen of the same name who describe daily life and all events happening during the Council of Konstanz, between 1414 and 1418. This book is precious and all illustrated. It is displayed at the upper floor, room 5. Pay attention, because there is a copy easy to find which can be handled, but the original has no clear sign, and stays at the back, inside a wooden and dark glass cabinet. It´s easy to miss the original if you don´t look for it.

Actually the museum advertise about the book, but it has much more to offer. I though very interesting the whole collection, but specially the historic hall, in the ground floor, which preserved the room the way it was in the 19th century. So it shows jurassic and other fossils in old crowded glass cabinets and with handwriting labels.

The other area very interesting at the museum is an exhibition at the garret floor showing life in Konstanz at the beginning of the World War II. It has pictures that say a lot of history.

The museum has a small cafe in the court yard and a tiny shop at the entrance, with nice gifts and wonderful silky scarfs.

Visited June 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Great museum with substantial displays and history of Constance. The staff are extremely knowledgable and passionate.

Visited June 2014
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“Interesting history.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

The museum shows the histoty of the town from the old ages. Interesting .Be sure to go to the third floor where they (now) has an exhibition from the Nazi-time.

Visited July 2014
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“Items of the history of Konstanz and special exhibits the majority of which are not in English.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

I visited here on one of my trips to Konstanz. I have passed by this museum many times and only specifically noticed it on my last visit. My visit was on a Wednesday afternoon, which good for me happened to be when they offered free entry (each Wednesday after 2pm, and the first Sunday of each month); otherwise, the enty fee is CHF3.

The desk staff was friendly and after checking my bag at the lobby lockers, off I went on my tour.
As I began my tour, one of the first displays had a monitor with English information, but the audio version did not work in either language. Nearly all aspects of the museum were in German, so this would be a disadvantage for those only speaking English. There was one gentleman that was working on one of the upper levels that suggested to me to go to the desk and pick up a flyer in English, which I did. This same gentleman was also helpful with explaining some of the upper area exhibits.

There was a special exhibit of the Zeppelins’ family of the Bodensee which was interesting. On the top floor there was also an exhibit called 'The Summer of ’39-Everyday life in the face of the catastrophy (which offered memorabilia, uniforms, articles and some history of the Nazi regime and the Swiss-German border territory at the beginning of the Second World War), which was seperately accompanied by a brochure in English, which was appreciated. .

There is no photography allowed in the museum. There is a café, restrooms, return deposit lockers, coat check and a souvenir shop. You must specifically ask for an brochure in English at the desk to help you understand some of the exhibit spaces.

It’s an okay museum that is certainly lacking in English translation of the majority items on display, which is a negative. The one gentleman that gave me some information on the exhibit and museum rooms was much appreciated. I believe his name was Mr. Lehr, but I could be mistaken and apologize.

Visited December 2013
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