Saxony-Anhalt: snowmen exhibition in Merseburg

Merseburg (dpa/sa) - Two or three large snow globes, a bright red carrot nose, a bucket hat and a face made of stones and branches: the Cultural History Museum Schloss Merseburg in the Saalekreis district is dedicating an exhibition to "winter personified" in the form of snowmen.

Saxony-Anhalt: snowmen exhibition in Merseburg

Merseburg (dpa/sa) - Two or three large snow globes, a bright red carrot nose, a bucket hat and a face made of stones and branches: the Cultural History Museum Schloss Merseburg in the Saalekreis district is dedicating an exhibition to "winter personified" in the form of snowmen. After the opening of "Cultural History of the Snowman" on Friday, the show can be seen until February 23, 2023.

According to the museum, it goes back to the end of the 18th century, when the first snowmen appeared on engravings and calendar sheets as well as in children's songs. They were usually portrayed as grumpy - only in the course of the 19th century did they become laughing, romantic "winter heroes". In the meantime, the snowmen can be seen everywhere as frosty, happy fellows throughout the cold season - on stamps, cards, packaging, in shop windows and on billboards.

The exhibition primarily presents exhibits from Germany's largest snowman collection. For more than 40 years, Cornelius Grätz from Reutlingen in Baden-Württemberg has been collecting snowmen of all varieties, shapes and sizes. It is said that his collection now includes around 5,000 snowmen.

Founded in 1906, the Museum of Cultural History in Merseburg Castle has around 1,800 square meters of exhibition space on three floors. The nationwide special collections "Glass beadwork from the 19th and 20th centuries" and "Historical ignitors and lighters" can be seen as permanent exhibitions, to which a room is dedicated.

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