facts and fiction developed a concept to display 200 years of industrial history in a very restricted space. Architectural, creative and exhibition designs were created to illustrate a piece of cultural history based on an essential tool used throughout human history: the scythe.
The Freudenthaler Sensenhammer is a group of dwellings and workshops dating from the 18th century. facts and fiction developed a concept to display 200 years of industrial history, while making allowance for a number of special requirements. The buildings and the diverse range of objects had to be preserved in their original condition. Demonstrations were to continue in the old manual and mechanised work places. Furthermore, non-industrial uses had to be taken into account, such as the museum’s role as the home of the Leverkusen Jazz Festival.
Freudenthaler Sensenhammer revives a piece of cultural history based on an essential tool used throughout human history: the scythe. The museum takes visitors on a journey through the past 2000 years, a period in which scythes and sickles were indispensable harvesting tools.
Six characters – from the rivet heater to the businessman – illustrate the 24 work steps involved in manufacturing a scythe. Films give visitors an authentic impression of the production methods of yesteryear. Interactive elements provide for better understanding. Orange exhibition boxes in the production hall set an additional visual accent and illustrate the culturally symbolic role of tools. Tasteful graphics inform visitors about a piece of history and a complex production method.
The refurbishment of the scythe museum has created a new highlight among the industrial museums along the river Rhine.