Every day we use keys to open doors or boxes. We even keep them in boxes for many years, even if the associated lock is no longer there. So for us, keys are a very important and personal object to lock valuable things.
So it's not surprising that the key has been symbolically charged since its invention. It often stands for power, but it can also pave the way to new wisdom, to unknown territory, to further insights or new experiences. Like the key to happiness or the key to love.
The exhibition uses examples to take a look at the past and present. It becomes clear that the key is still a metaphor that we encounter every day and that connects us with each other.
Thespecial exhibition will be on display at the Villa Herminghaus in the DSBM from August 18, 2023 to January 14, 2024.
Keyra and the magic key: our little visitors can open up and experience the exhibition with our superheroine Keyra
We own around 70,000 exhibits, have an extensive specialist library and a stock of historical catalogues, patent specifications and archive material.
In our museum shop we offer a rich selection of specialist literature, but of course also trick locks and games for tinkerers.
Children between the ages of 6 and 10 are welcome to celebrate their birthday with us at the museum! A total of 10 children can participate.
You can rent our spacious museum foyer for events such as receptions or members' meetings.