Stary lud – an encounter with the ancient people

Group offers from 10 persons:

You can choose one project module from area A and one from area B.

Project module C can optionally be used as a stand-alone project or combined with a module from area B.

A project module lasts about 45–60 minutes so that a project day including a guided tour has a scope of about four teaching periods (3 hours total).

Price: EUR 7.50 per child (including admission, two modules and a guided tour).

Module area A

Music of the Middle Ages – lyre, lute, bagpipes, jaw harp and co.

Instruments from a time long gone! However, what did the music of the Middle Ages sound like? In this workshop, children/young people will learn about the music and different instruments from the Middle Ages, their appearance and sound. The class forms a small orchestra together, no previous musical knowledge is necessary. The historical instruments are tried out and a medieval dance is rehearsed.

Archaeology workshop

What exactly do archaeologists do?

To find out, pupils can slip into the role of the archaeologists themselves. In the workshop, finds are excavated, sketched and identified. In this way, the children/young people learn how archaeological finds complete our picture of the past and what exciting stories lie hidden behind them. Afterwards, replicas of the finds are searched for.


We shape various objects out of clay that can be modelled based on historical forms. Vessels, medieval toys or animals are created. Imagination knows no bounds. Of course, the children/young people can take their works of art home with them.

Making fire like in the Middle Ages

The ability to make fire was and is important for human survival. So, how did humans solve this task in the Stone Age and especially in the Middle Ages? How was fire handled? Under supervision, the children and young people can slip into the role of the "fire striker" and try to start a fire.

Module area B

From grain to flour to bread

How do you get from grain to bread? Although food from grain is still elementary for humans today, many children can no longer imagine how grain is processed into bread. In the course of the workshop, the children/young people grind grain by hand and then bake it as flatbread or twist bread. In the process, the pupils will learn interesting facts about the history of grain from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Food in the Slavic Middle Ages

What foods were there? What was prepared from it? Do you know the different types of grain? Why was salt so precious? All questions will be answered in this project. The children/young people prepare their own soup and flatbreads on an open fire – a very tasty project!

Module area C

Musical fairy tales

Sorbian fairy tales retold with medieval instruments!


Sorbian fairy tales retold with medieval instruments!

(An offer for day-care centres and grades 1 & 2)

The world of Sorbian fairy tales and legends is an incredibly special one. They seem even more mysterious when they are told to the accompaniment of old instruments that were used more than 1,000 years ago.

When the dragon Plon raises his voice through a shawm, or the forest spirit Kosmatej is represented by a bagpipe, with the lyre and lute representing the sounds of nature, or the legendary Lutki, Sorbian legends are brought to new life!
Sorbian fairy tales told with medieval instruments – at the Dissen Museum of Local History, of course.

After the fairy tale, the individual instruments are presented again and some of them can be tried out by the children.

The duration of the fairy tale can be varied on request, from half an hour to a whole hour.

This project is exceptionally also possible from November to March in your institution/day-care centre/school (region CB and SPN).

Module C at our museum: EUR 3.50 per child; project at your institution: EUR 5.00 per child.