The museum founded in 1983 in the Wesel district of Bislich is a lively city where the traces of the past show the conditions of living and lifestyles of older generations on the Lower Rhine. Coming from Bislich, experiences that are important for the Lower Rhine are included so that the people from other villages and cities can find themselves here.
Village on the dyke
Under the main topic "Village on the dyke", cultural and social topics are shown regarding housekeeping, popular piety, village crafts and life on the Rhine with shipping, fishing, floods and dyke building. The permanent exhibition, which was newly designed in 2014, takes the visitors on a time travel in the entrance area. "Quickly through the history of Bislich"- that is the motto under which twelve units are offered form the ice ages to the early new times with an exciting introduction to the Lower Rhine history under special consideration of the Bislich highlights.
Baking bread, craft demonstrations and much more
Regularly changing and special exhibits, demonstrations of old craft techniques, baking bread in the old bakery as well as nature and historical hikes add to the permanent exhibition. There is a large craft market in the museum and on the outdoor premises during spring and fall.
The local museum was expanded in 2000 by the Rhine-Dyke Museum, in 2006 by the brick museum and in 2014 by the outdoor blacksmith Kock.
In the dyke museum, visitors can find out the importance the Rhine has for its residents as a living space. The topic of "dyke construction and floor protection" is at the forefront. Other departments handle Rhine shipping, the former fishing industry and the current fauna. A special point of attraction is the cast of the "Lüttinger Knaben". The original of the Roman bronze statue was found in the Rhine in 1858 by salmon fishers from Bislich and Lüttingen.
The brick museum provides information about the century-old tradition of the Lower Rhine brick making. The exhibit documents the transition from the straw to brick roof covering and demonstrates the difficult manual labour using original tool benches, photos and stories from the brick workers. A restored bake house is located in the courtyard area. After pre-registration, the baking group performs an historic baking process for larger groups.
Tours to different topical units are offered for groups, which can be booked daily throughout the year. On agreement, a combined tour through the museum, village and Catholic church is possible.