Museums - Oberes Glantal
Diamond Cutter Museum
An exciting presentation of the historical and economic development of the Palatinate diamond industry awaits you at the Diamond Cutter Museum in Brücken. On special occasions diamond cutters demonstrate each step in the diamond cutting process. At several fully functional work stations representing different historical and technical periods they illustrate the transformation of rough diamonds into brilliant gems. True to original replicas of the 35 largest and most important diamonds of the world are displayed. Another attraction is the world’s smallest cut and polished diamond recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
The museum is located along the Diamond Cutter Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
Tuesday 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Thursday 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m
Sunday 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (with prior registration)
Guided tours on request. For group visits and and visits on Sunday afternoon please register ahead! For registration please call the museum (Tuesday 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. or Thursday 14.00 a.m. – 16.30 p.m.) or send them an email.
Bergmannsbauernmuseum – Miner's and Farmer's Museum
Address: Waldmohrer Strasse 32, 66916 Breitenbach
Phone: +49 (6386) 99 99 110 (during opening hours)
With the Miner’s and Farmer’s Museum the Christian scouts created space for the “old things“: See contemporary documents of the life and work of the locals. In former times it was common to work as a miner and farmer at the same time. Other exhibits are Roman finds, ashlar rocks, mining equipment, stones, fossils and silver coins from the 3rd century. Furthermore a kitchen from a country mansion, a living room and music room are displayed as well as a replica of a mine tunnel. A blacksmith’s shop, true to the original and ready for use, was installed in the inner yard of the museum.
The museum is located along the Bergmannsbauern Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
The museum is closed at present.
Address: Lindenstrasse 3, 66909 Steinbach am Glan
Phone: +49 (6383) 5600 or +49 (6373) 5040
For centuries the community Steinbach am Glan was the center of Jewish life in the southern part of the Kusel district. At times more than 30 percent of the village’s population belonged to the Jewish faith. This historical background was the reason for establishing a Jewish Museum in Steinbach. In addition to a documentation of local Jewish history and social relationships, you will also find a collection of Jewish utility and ritual objects as well as symbols of Jewish faith.
The museum is located along the Jewish Culture Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
March until November: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m
Special openings on request.
Kirschenland Museum – Museum of Local History
Address: Friedhofstrasse 3, 66903 Altenkirchen
Phone: +49 (6386) 7499
On an exhibition space of 120 sqm divided into seven rooms the museum presents the history of the village of Altenkirchen. The museum is housed in the town hall, which was built around 1823 and served as a primary school for 100 years and as the mayor’s office for a long time. The first of the seven rooms documents the history of the emigrants: From 1830 to 1880 over 1000 people from the Kohlbachtal region emigrated to America. Thus, every second inhabitant of the valley left his home at that time. The second room is dedicated to the “Old Church“, which gives the village Altenkirchen its name, and the 250-years of history of the local school. The further rooms show what village and private life was like at great-grandmother’s time: besides kitchen and household appliances as well as agricultural tools the exhibition illustrates how miners, shoemakers, blacksmiths, hairdressers and diamond grinders worked in the past. At present the museum is in a state of upheaval. The exhibits will be cataloged and arranged in a new presentation.
The museum is located along the Kirschenland Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
The museum is closed at present.
Kulturhaus Kübelberg – Cultural Center
Address: Kirchengasse 1-3, 66901 Schönenberg-Kübelberg
Phone: +49 (6373) 504 125
The building complex is more than 300 years old and is under monument protection. Since its renovation in 2011 it shows in new splendor. From the old village school it changed to the modern cultural center. The permanent exhibition on the upper floor presents the history of the Kübelberg court including early documentary evidences of the village. Works by the painter Alois Metzger (1889 – 1981) who was born in Kübelberg are on display in the attic. The barn floor is the space for various cultural events throughout the year. In the cozy guest rooms of the adjacent “Barrique” Vinotheque the team around Christopher Molter will serve you fine wines and selected dishes. A wedding chamber is located on the ground floor. If you would like to tie the knot in this special atmosphere please contact the Schönenberg-Kübelberg Union Community for further information at 06373 – 504 210.
The Kulturhaus Kübelberg is located along the Ritter Gerin Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!