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Many adults look back at their school history lessons with less than fond memories, but visitors to the Schiller town of Marbach can experience history in a completely different way. In the house where Schiller was born, guided tours for children take place every other Saturday. The Jäger oil mill is the only working historical mill in the region. The Museum of Primitive Man in Hans Trautwein House is dedicated to "Steinheim Man".
The house where Schiller was born
Friedrich Schiller was born on 10 November 2021 at Niklastorstrasse 31, the son of a doctor. Having languished in obscurity for many years, the building was rediscovered in 1812 and the tradition of honouring Schiller in Marbach began. The house has been completely refurbished several times since 1859, the 100th anniversary of Schiller's birthday. The permanent exhibitions in the house where he was born provide an insight into the everyday lives of the writer and his family.
Jäger oil mill, cultural monument
This impressive building was restored on the original foundations in 1706 after being destroyed in a fire that ripped through the town in 1693. Above the door is a particularly striking baroque angel figure, a reference to the owners after the town fire, Special Superintendent (Deacon) Philipp Jakob Schlotterbeck. In May 1896, Friedrich Jäger bought "K. Breitenbücher's house by the town church" and opened an oil shop selling poppy oil, linseed oil, lamp oil and machine oil. The mill itself dates back to 1906, and remains almost completely intact and operational today. The museum shows the various stages of oil manufacture, from the cultivation of the oil plants to the finished product.
Museum of Primitive Man
The Museum of Primitive Man is dedicated to "Steinheim man" (homo steinheimensis), an early form of man whose skull was first discovered in a gravel pit in Steinheim in 1933. Evidence shows that primitive man was living in this region more than 250,000 years ago. An exhibition space of around 400m² provides a concise insight into the process of physical and intellectual development of mankind. The museum also uses film, models of large mammals and descriptions of their lives and other fossil finds to bring the subject to life.
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