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Massing Open-Air Museum

The Lehnerhof

Three main areas of production: dairy farming, pig fattening and hop growing


The Lehnerhof originated from a very different region than the houses which were built at the open-air museum up until then. The most important buildings of this farmstead from the Hallertau region – dwelling, stables and barn – are put together at an angle. The machine hall has been attached to the existing threshing floor of the barn.

The heated drying kiln for the hops is also not freestanding. It is leaned against the gable wall of the barn. The kiln’s hot air dome and the steep roof of the byre-dwelling characterise the external appearance of the farmstead. The farm, which lastly encompassed 17 hectares, was managed by the family with few servants. The farmstead includes the hop garden with a wire frame from the Hallertau region, an ornamental garden in front of the dwelling house and a garden behind the farm buildings.

LehnerhofSpecial attention was paid to original wall mounts during the transfer: roller and multi-coloured stencil decorations are featured in many ways here. A condition around 1955/62 is presented, when the Lehnerhof was still fully cultivated. Three exhibitions regarding the history of the farmstead and family, tradition of wall decoration and hop growing are integrated in the holistic presentation of the farmstead.

During the period from 1847/48 to 1891 and from 1913 to 1971, an outbuilding with “Austragswohnung” (separate dwelling for retired farmer & wife) existed at the Lehnerhof. These lost buildings are replaced by a neutral structure at the museum.

Hop-growing farmstead from Train in the Hallertau region, consisting of byre-dwelling, barn, machine hall, hop kiln and shed – byre-dwelling built in 1858 (cowshed 1883, horse stable altered in 1891) – barn 1846 – machine hall attached in 1852, extended several times until 1901 – construction of a hop kiln in 1909