The "Schabbell", one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in the Baltic region, the neighboring building at Schweinsbrücke 6 and the associated courtyards were reopened in December 2017 after extensive and careful renovation and now serve as exhibition and event space for the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Wismar.
The "Schabbell" was built between 1569 and 1571 according to the plans of the Utrecht master builder Philipp Brandin as a brewery and residential house for the later Wismar mayor Hinrich Schabbell. It is considered one of the earliest Renaissance buildings, showing the typical Dutch material combination of brick and decorative sandstone elements. Today, it houses the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum, which reopened on Dec. 22, 2017, after extensive renovation.
On 1200 m² of space, permanent exhibitions on Wismar's city history, from Störtebeker to the present and on Heinrich Schabbell's houses are shown in both buildings. Changing special exhibitions on topics relevant to the city are presented in the attic of the Schabbellhaus.
Visitors can experience Wismar's multi-layered history chronologically on a tour with listening stations and many hands-on activities. The Hanseatic League, Swedish rule, Wismar as an industrial city and in GDR times are just some of the focal points of the city's history.
Information on accessibility
- A public parking lot is located across from the Schabbellhaus.
- The path from the parking lot to the entrance is easy to walk and drive on.
- The entrance is accessible without steps. There are three steps behind the entrance door. These can be bypassed with the help of a lift (platform size: 100 cm x 175 cm). The movement area in front of the entrance to the lift is 110 cm x 220 cm.
- All facilities and rooms that can be used and elevated by the guest are accessible without steps, via an elevator or ramps.
- The elevator car is 110 cm x 155 cm. The passage width of the elevator door is 87 cm.
- The ramps in the exhibition rooms have a max. inclination of 13 %.
- All passageways/doors are at least 77 cm wide.
- The height of the cash desk is 77 cm.
- Most of the exhibits are visible from a sitting position. Information about the exhibits is provided in writing and is usually easy to read while seated.
- Guided tours for people with disabilities are available, but advance reservations are requested.
- Tour guides are trained so that guests with walking disabilities and wheelchair users can participate in any tour and their needs are addressed.
Public WC for people with disabilities (ground floor)
- The movement areas (width x depth) are:
- in front of the door, in front of the WC and the washbasin at least 150 cm x 150 cm;
- to the left of the WC 85 cm x 70 cm, to the right 90 cm x70 cm.
- There are fold-up grab bars on both sides of the WC.
- The washbasin can be moved underneath, and the mirror can be viewed while standing or sitting.
- An alarm trigger is available.
- In the event of an audible alarm, a visually perceptible flashing or strobe signal appears.