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German Salt Museum, Luneburg

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The German Salt Museum (German: Deutsche Salzmuseum / Industriedenkmal Saline Lüneburg) in the German town of Lüneburg, on the site of the old production facilities of the Lüneburg Saltworks (Lüneburger Saline) when it was closed in 1980. In 1991, it won the Council of Europe Museum Prize.

This industrial memorial which is based in the boiling house built in 1924 is one of the earliest of its type. It recalls the history of the oldest and, at one time, the greatest industrial operation in central Europe.

The museum is divided into four exhibition areas:

Salt in general (Salz allgemein)

20th century (20. Jahrhundert)

19th century (19. Jahrhundert)

Middle Ages and Early modern period (Mittelalter and frühe Neuzeit)

During the summer demonstrations take place in a replica of part of a medieval boiling hut are available on request. Members of the salt museum staff, dressed in historical costume, demonstrate the salt-boiling process using lead salt pans heated on wood fires.

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  • So, this is a museum about salt, and they're rightly very proud of that. As a non-German speaker you need to pay for audioguides that are sometimes very silly (with canned laughter, clapping etc) as.....  more »
  • What I did not know about the White Gold I sure learned here. Fascinating museum and the kids really loved how you could test and fell salt. Do stop in if you want to learn what Salt is, what the...  more »
  • Very cool and informative small museum. The photos and videos are very well explained, even if you don't know German you can understand the history.
  • Very interesting. I'm glad to have visited. I spent well over two hours there and came away with a completely changed view of salt, both it's historic importance and it's modern usage essential for industrial and even mecidinal use. The museum -- which won an international award for cultural preservation and clarification a number of years ago -- does a good job of clarifying the various methods used over the centuries to extract salt as brine, then boil the latter to leave pure salt. The sole downside for English speakers will be that the museum is entirely in German. There are no audio guides. If your German is weak, a visit with an English-speaking German would make for a far more meaningful experience. That said, a highlight was speaking with a man in a small outdoor exhibit who demonstrated the brine evaporation process using wood as fuel and a large lead pan, the only material which could withstand the harsh saline solution, and who further explained the bored-through logs used as pipes which for centuries carried water nearly a mile from a local river mill.

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