Entrance to the museum can be arranged every day for individuals and groups directly
with the local history society “Heimatverein” at short notice. For this, please contact
Mr. Ebisch, phone 0049 2682/3431 or
Mr. Salterberg, phone 0049 2682/3425 or
Mr. Udo Schmidt from the local municipality, office in the cultural centre “Kulturhaus”,
some 100m from the Raiffeisen Museum,
phone 0049 2682/969789
Mon -Thurs 8:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00
Fri 8:30 to 12:00
At these times, entrance to the museum may also be arranged on the spot immediately.
German Raiffeisen Museum
D-57577 Hamm (Sieg)
Federal Republic of Germany
…in Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen`s birthplace.
When Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen was born on 30 March 1818, this house belonged
to the surgeon Georg Friedrich Lanzendörfer, an uncle of Raiffeisen`s mother. The
birth is said to have taken place in this house.
Raiffeisen`s birthplace was bought from the Raiffeisen Printing Company in 1998 by
the local municipality of Hamm. As stipulated under the contract, members of the
local history society of Hamm converted the house, now governed by public law, into
a memorial dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen. For the purpose of operating
the museum, a sponsorship contract was concluded between the local history society
and a group of cooperative sponsors as early as 1999. The current German Raiffeisen
Museum also houses the archive of the sponsors` group.
More than 30 modern and easy-to-use audioguides are nowadays available at the museum;
a friendly voice explains the exhibits and provides worthwhile information about
Raiffeisen`s ideas and deeds. This interesting audio-guided tour is currently available
in five languages (German, English, French, Japanese, Spanish). Other languages may
eventually be added, if required because of the international composition of visiting
In view of the fact that the German Raiffeisen Museum is an old residential house
with small rooms, a shortened audioguide version is shown in a film (with information
in five languages) for larger groups or on special request in the cultural centre.