Historic Hermann, Inc. is committed to preserving and interpreting the collective heritage of Hermann Missouri and its environs. Through its collections, collaborations with other organizations and restoration of its historic school building & Museum, Historic Hermann is dedicated to preserving Hermann’s heritage for future generations.
The Historic Hermann Museum at the old German School will provide everyone, insight into the history of Hermann, Missouri and its German namesake. All ages are welcome to enjoy this treasure in the heart of Hermann.
The Museum, located at Fourth Street and Schiller, was built in 1871, and was used as the elementary school building by the children of Hermann until 1955. The building was then deeded to Historic Hermann, Inc. who maintains the building to this day as a Museum and gift shop. An important aspect of Historic Hermann’s efforts is exhibits exploring the people, places, and historical events of the Hermann area.
As visitors approach the building, they will see the clock tower, a long time symbol of Hermann. Once inside, visitors will enjoy viewing the inner workings of the clock. This clock, built by a German-American clock maker, has been running continuously since 1890. It requires someone to wind it at regular intervals. A chore done by devoted volunteers for many years.
When you take a stroll through the 7 rooms of historical treasures in the Museum, you will see amazing vintage photographs, memorabilia and furniture. Displays of intricate lace fancy work, vintage clothing, early redware, antique porcelain pipes, old farm related tools, are just some of the unusual items to be seen.
- The Museums’ Kinder (Children’s) Room will delight you with many antique toys, books, old school desks, slates, a handmade carousel and a Victorian era sitting room display.
- The Heritage Room contains many historic photographs, a large weaving loom, early local wine industry memorabilia, documents, artifacts of Hermann and much more.
- In the River Room, visitors will see a replica of an early pilot house, boat models made by some of Hermann’s own river boat captains, vintage river photographs, nautical tools & instruments, plus historical data related to the glory days of river boats.
Volunteer docents are always glad to welcome you and answer any questions you may have regarding Hermann’s rich and continuing history. They look forward to meeting you!