I specifically traveled to Wittstock after learning about the Battle of Wittstock while at the Trier Rheinisches Landesmuseum. The museum is a very modern interactive museum and has a very professional appearance; however, the museum is new and has limited historical artifacts and limited information in English. I almost want to call it an information center, but professional curators have designed the exhibits and it is very professional. Most of the artifacts probably have been acquired on the market since there are few citations on where the materials were found. The Rheinisches Landesmuseum is better for artifacts on the Battle of Wittstock, but they also have better financing. Still, this really is a great little museum in a small town, by far and away the best I have seen in a town under 50,000 (Wittstock has about 14,000). They have a type of suit of armor of a cavalry officer and a light artillery piece I had never seen before. I collect Napoleonic sabres so I loved looking at the museum's sabres, they have a really nice cavalry sabre. The coins are nice too as an example of what was in use at the time. The overall museum provides a multidimensional overview of the Thirty Years War, which is fantastic for anyone to learn about, and there are few places to learn about the Thirty Years War is such as accessible format. Please check the hours, they close at 2 pm on Friday, and I arrived at 1 pm, which was very disappointing since I traveled from Berlin to see the place. The building is in the 13th century Bishop's Tower along the 13th century town wall, both of which were restored after re-unification.
Wittstock really needs to advertise more, this town has a lot more to offer than one would expect, and like much of eastern Germany the local economy could use more support. Highly recommend visiting Wittstock and even if you are not a big fan of museums in general, please support the efforts of this community to put forward a modern museum, which reflects good vision and great effort. Recommend 90 minutes to two hours for this museum.
I recommend the museum providing more English language materials, I was given a German audio headset. My German is limited and I am better at reading than listening, so listening and trying to read the exhibits was taxing on my limited intellect. A printed brochure in English explaining the text heavy exhibits may be a low cost way of appealing to more international visitors.
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