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Museum history

The “Uckermark Museum” was opened as the first museum in the region in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Prenzlau in 1899 on the initiative of the Uckermärkischer Museums- und Geschichtsverein (Uckermark Museum and History Association).
After the Prenzlau hospital had vacated the former Dominican monastery in 1927, additional rooms there became available as a museum to display church art, old craft utensils, historical weapons, and objects from legal history. In March 1945, the inventory of Prenzlau’s museum was removed to be stored elsewhere due to the war, a measure that turned out the salvation for many valuable objects. The main museum building, the Church of the Holy Spirit, burned down entirely when the town was destroyed in April 1945. The Dominican monastery remained intact, but the rooms there were put to different use, among other things as emergency shelters.
Only in 1957 were some of the rooms that used to be the museum made available to museum purposes once more. Subsequently, the Prenzlauer Museum gradually regained its reputation as a renowned institution. In addition to the remarkable expansion of its collection, in particular regarding Medieval art and culture, thanks to the overwhelming material found in the former Cistercian monastery near Seehausen/Uckermark, a prehistoric collection could also be successfully rebuilt.

With a charisma that goes beyond the region, the Museum of Cultural History achieved a considerable reputation that drew generous donations.
1987 finally saw the return of objects removed in 1945 to the museum. Extensive renovations of the Dominican Monastery from 1997-1999 gave the Museum of Cultural History the opportunity to expand its exhibition space and storage rooms once more.
Addition of the washhouse to the monastery complex in 2011 enabled the museum to acquire further rooms. Today, its extensive exhibition on the regional cultural history is supplemented by two rooms dedicated to special exhibitions and one focusing on the archaeological collection with a museum education area.

Current hygiene rules apply to any visit.

Dominikanerkloster Prenzlau
Kulturhistorisches Museum
Uckerwiek 813
D-17291 Prenzlau
Phone: +49 3984 75-265 / 75-266
Fax: +49 3984 75-293

Opening hours
Closed on Mondays
May to September – Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October to April – Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Museum history

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