Markt- und Schaustellermuseum (Market and Showman Museum)

Market and Showman Museum - historic organ | © Markt- und Schaustellermuseum

Germany’s only market and funfair museum is certainly a curiosity. 5,000 exhibits from the 18th and 19th century are on show in this former factory building in the centre of Essen. The collection was amassed by the fairground legend Erich Knocke, who died in 2011. For decades he had acquired roundabouts, ballad placards, showmen’s caravans, barrel organs, quaint pianos and barrel orchestras from all over Europe. Highlights are personal documents and photos of travelling families from the turn of the century.

address and contact

Markt- und Schaustellermuseum (Market and Showman Museum)

Hachestraße 68
45127 Essen
+49 1792093054


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