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Lehnin Monastery Museum

Lehnin Abbey is the oldest Cistercian monastery in Brandenburg. Otto I, son of Albrecht the bear and Margrave of Brandenburg, founded it in 1180. In 1260, construction on the church and on the monastery complex was largely completed. After several hundred years, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV acquired the deteriorating buildings and, in 1871, began the restoration process with the builders Geiseler and Köhler.

In 1911, the entire monastery complex was taken over by the Maerkische Church Province and the Maerkische diaconates’ maternity house “Luise-Henrietten-Stift-Lehnin,” a protestant women’s community, was founded.
In June of 2005, after extensive renovation on the former council house, the museum of the Cistercian monastery was opened. The exhibition housed there, “ora et labora” (pray and work) and the museums shop are completely lit with low voltage spotlights to ensure optimal accentuation of the objects, while TC-L up-lights provide overall room illumination.

Sensitive exhibits, including antique Bible collections and two table paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, are protected against possible light damage by a special filter system attached to the spotlight heads.
The profiles have no visible connections and, as a result of their reduced form, appear discreetly in the background, therefore allowing the exhibits to be highlighted within the space.

Scope of Work

  • Complete exhibition space with “Wittenberg” up/down-light
  • Wall lamp “Jueterbog” in the hallways and multi-media rooms. These lamps are analog dimmable
  • Ceiling lamp “Havanna” above the tables in the café


  • Mawa Design GmbH

Exhibition / Lighting Design

  • eckedesign




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