Huelsmann Museum in Bielefeld
The Huelsmann Museum is located in the former manager's mansion of the Ravensberg Spinning Mill built in 1865. On show are masterpieces of European craft movements from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicism.
The renowned private collection formed by the art dealer couple Huelsmann, and owned by the town since 1984, provides the core of this arts and crafts museum. It is complemented by pieces from the Hertha Koenig bequest and by the small but very significant collection of the Cultural History Museum originally acquired after the war.
Particularly fine are the secular silver, spanning the 16th to 19th centuries, and the works in glass. Ceramics and porcelain are exhibited together with German and English furniture, small bronzes, wall hangings and wallpapers, as well as art from Eastern Asia. Scientific instruments and sundials are displayed in a separate section.
In addition to exquisitely crafted everyday objects there are purely decorative items such as ornate goblets and elaborate centerpieces. Every period from the Renaissance to Classicism is represented by unique works of art.