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Forest History Museum St Oswald

Forest History Museum St Oswald  (Photo: Alice Alteneder)

The Forest History Museum in St Oswald has been in existence for more than 25 years. Until 2006 it was owned by the parish of St Oswald-Riedlhütte. The original exhibition told the history of forestry as well as the tradition of the glass industry in the region. The highlight then was a glass kiln in which visitors could produce their own glass.

In 2006 the Free State of Bavaria bought the Forest History Museum in Sankt Oswald for the Bavarian Forest National Park. Following the purchase the building was renovated, extended and kitted out with three new, innovative exhibitions. These are dedicated to the themes:

“People shape the forest"
“The forest shapes the people"
“Forest comes into being"

Since September 2010 the Forest History Museum in St Oswald has exhibited a presentation on the history of the landscape and the forest:

On the ground floor you have, for example, in the Magma Chamber the opportunity to experience how the landscape of the Bavarian and Bohemian Forests came into being. Or in the Mire Lift you can travel 14,000 years back in time in the forest’s history. Through this you can learn all about the most important tree species and forest ecosystems.

In the lower floor of the museum the influence of people on the forest and the region is portrayed – from the traces of the first hunters to the history of settlement, Golden Trails and the glass industry through to modern forestry.

The exhibition on the first floor shows how living in the forest has shaped and influenced the people of the region.In this way the natural, land use and cultural history of the region is comprehensively portrayed in the forest history museum.

A walk in tree with birds nest and root hole links the three storeys of the museum. All exhibits are explained in three languages: German, English and Czech.

After the Hans-Eisenmann-Haus and the Haus zur Wildnis the Forest History Museum in St Oswald is now in operation as the third, large visitor attraction.

It’s open for local people and for visitors from far and wide, above all youth and school groups, to learn about nature and as a cultural experience. Further cultural events as well as a series of temporary exhibitions broaden what the museum offers.

Opening times:

Tuesday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays! (Except on public holidays)
Closed 23 to 25 December
Free entry.


Funded by the European Union Objective 3 Territorial Cooperation - European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)