–  Clemens Sels Museum Neuss

Neuss 1474

The siege by Charles the Bold

July 1474: 14,000 knights and soldiers from France, Belgium, Italy, England and the Netherlands surround Neuss. One of the largest sieges of the Middle Ages begins. The attackers bombard Neuss with ultra-modern artillery and attempt to storm the city again and again. It was not until ten months later that the imperial army led by the German Emperor Frederick III ended the siege.

The siege was triggered by a dispute over the throne of the Archbishop of Cologne. The deposed Bishop Ruprecht of the Palatinate had summoned Charles the Bold, the powerful Duke of Burgundy, to his aid. He wanted to conquer Neuss, as the city was on the side of Hermann of Hesse, Ruprecht's opponent. Neuss was a small but heavily fortified town at the time.

Archaeological finds from Neuss town houses, monasteries and castles show how its approximately 4,000 inhabitants lived.

The new special exhibition “Neuss 1474: The siege by Charles the Bold” is a journey back in time to the medieval town for young and old!

Exciting themed areas await visitors in the individual exhibition rooms, which impressively document everyday life in the besieged city, monasteries and churches, the weapons found and the Battle of Reckberg.

Various audio stations have been produced in cooperation with Bettina Schneidewin, Dominik Kaulen and the education authority of the Rhine district of Neuss. The pupils of the Kreuzschule Neuss bring the exhibition to life in short audio plays.

Also - and especially! - for our younger visitors: join in and try it out! In a separate area for children, they can try on medieval clothing, recreate a castle or the Obertor gate and a dining table with various foods shows what was available to people in besieged Neuss at the time.

Historical figures such as Charles the Bold, St. Ursula and Hermann of Hesse are brought to life at video stations and describe impressions and experiences during the siege. Detailed 3D-printed models of the sites of the siege, embedded in a modern-day city map, illustrate the extent of the fighting.

One highlight of the exhibition is the depiction of a possible course of the Battle of Reckberg in 1475. To this end, the two media artists Sean Fortune and Frederic Printz have visualized the troop movements on the battlefield for the first time with the help of an animation, immersing visitors in a medieval spectacle.

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, International Museum Day, history will be brought to life through reenactment! Members of the “Zonser Garnison A. D. 1474 e. V.” in historical dress will be on hand to answer questions in the exhibition room.

The Theater-AG of the Görresschule Neuss under the direction of Janie and Dominik Kaulen will present the gripping story of the medieval siege in the museum's garden hall on Sunday, June 9, 2024. Various guided tours and creative workshops for children round off the varied exhibition program.

Related program

Lunch at the museum - Now including the city-famous Stulle from lonnes + leusch! Because: our art break has become Art & Stulle. Curator Dr. Bettina Zeman will guide you through the current exhibition in half an hour. Afterwards there is the best sandwich ever to go!

Date Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Time 1 pm – 1:30 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 12
Program Art & Sandwich
Participation fee 8,50 € for incl. admission and sandwich; Art:Card holders 6,50 €.

Begeben Sie sich in dieser exklusiven Führung auf eine Reise in die Geschichte des mittelalterlichen Neuss. Im Anschluss bietet sich bei einem Glas Wein die Gelegenheit zum Austausch.

Date Thursday, July 25, 2024
Time 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 0
Program Art & Delicious
Teilnahmegebühr 11 € inkl. Verkostung

Mittelalterliche Texte sehen ganz anders aus als unsere heutigen Texte. Sie haben nicht nur eine andere Schrift, sondern oftmals wunderschön verzierte Anfangsbuchstaben (Initialen). Besonders Mönche fertigten ihn den Klöstern solche besonderen Handschriften an.

Heute gestaltest du deinen ganz persönlichen Jutebeutel indem du ihn mit deine eigene Initiale aus dem Anfangsbuchstaben deines Vornamens bedruckst und bemalst. So zauberst du dir im Handumdrehen dein einzigartiges It-Piece!

Date Sunday, July 28, 2024
Time 11:30 am – 4 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Teilnahmegebühr kostenfrei

Every 1st Sunday of the month, parallel to the first public adult tour of the day, there is a double-pack workshop for children aged 6 and up.

Not only magicians and witches can wow their audience with spectacular tricks, you can do it too! We will look at paintings and sculptures in the current exhibition and then get creative ourselves. With a few simple tricks, you can become the master of illusion and create breathtaking drawings with three-dimensional optical illusions.

Date Sunday, August 04, 2024
Time 11:30 am – 1 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 9
Program Double and Triple Pack
Participation fee 4 € plus 2 € material costs

After a guided tour of the exhibition, there will be an opportunity for exchange over coffee and cake.

Date Wednesday, August 07, 2024
Time 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 20
Program Art & Cake
Participation fee 11 € incl. coffee and cake

Mit den Familienführungen möchten wir insbesondere den kleinen Besucher*innen und Ihren Eltern eine spannende Reise in die Welt von Kunst und Kulturgeschichte ermöglichen. Dazu haben wir die Führung auf Kinder zugeschnitten und einen kleinen aktiven Bastelpart ergänzt.

Date Sunday, August 18, 2024
Time 3 pm – 4 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 20
Program Family tour
Teilnahmegebühr 4 € zzgl. Eintritt für Erwachsene

Mittelalterliche Genüsse

Nach einer Kurzführung durch die Ausstellung „Neuss 1474“ laden wir Sie herzlich ein, bei mittelalterlich gebackenem Knappkuchen und einem Grutbier zusammenzukommen!

Date Thursday, August 29, 2024
Time 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 15
Program Art & Delicious
Teilnahmegebühr 11 € inkl. Verkostung


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