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A glimpse of bourgeois life

Showcases the decor and furniture typical of the bourgeois in Aachen in the 18-19th centuries. It... read more

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Look at how Aacheners lived post Baroque times

The Couven Museum shows bourgeois living culture of the 18th and early 19th century from Aachen on... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Bob K
Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

f you would like to know how a wealthy family lived in the time of the Biedermeier in Aachen, you should visit this house. At the time of its formation, it was home to the in the basement still avaiable pharmacy of the Monheim family, which there produced chocolate under the brand name Trumpf from the middle of the 19th century on.

On the first floor is a very nice salon, which you can rent for parties. There are sometimes candlelight concerts.

Friends of Japanese sword art find a collection of Katana-stitches on the first floor.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Lots of stuff about what a house would have looked like in 1800s. Cool tiles, kitchen good and wall paintings and hangings good. Security guards a bit over the top.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank cricketfanBB
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

This small museum is being advertised as depicting the lifestyle of ancient aachener bourgeoisie. However, when we visited, we found an amalgam of interior decoration and pictures, but also a collection of stones, stuffed animals and a video talking about Jurassic Park?Quirky to say the least.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Philip H
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I work in Heritage and so I really do think quite long and hard before leaving a negative review or low score for a fellow Heritage attraction, as I know how demoralising it can be. That said, in the interests of honesty I would really struggle to give this Museum more than two stars after my visit there.

This house / museum is desperately in need of a rethink or overhaul.

The place as it's currently displayed, (December 2016), is utterly unenaging and uninspiring.

Essentially there are three floors of partly funished rooms that, (for some completely inexplicable reason), when we visited, contained display cases in the centre of most of the rooms of natural history collections.

There seemed to be no explanation or reason for these items to be there, and they were in no way connected to the contents of the rooms.

Additionally, there is absolutely nowhere to sit in any of the rooms, so even if the rooms were not cluttered with cases containing irrelevant displays, you couldn't sit down to appreciate or enjoy them.

Despite the sheer drudgery the first two floors, I persevered and climbed up to the top floor suite of rooms, and it was the top floor that has added a star to what would otherwise have been a one star review.

The top floor was less cluttered with random display cases full of fossils and instead seemed to be focus on a story/theme per room.

On the whole though I'd be hard pressed to recommend a visit to this place, even more so when the attendant at the entrance refused point blank to sell my 70+ year old visiting companions concessions tickets. No other place we visited refused to do so and no explanation was given as to why she would not do so.

Seriously, if you are in Aachen for a limited time, I really wouldn't bother visiting this museum and would instead just spend time wandering around soaking up the city atmosphere or visiting somewhere like the Dom or the Treasury.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Penyrhos
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Couven Museum is in the center of Aachen, a splendid arts center, it was an ancient "Maison de Maître" with ancient furnitures, a little bit of an other period, a flair of Holland
interiors, there was very nice tiles, white and blue, Delft;
Couven Museum merite a visit, when you are in Aachen.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Manuela L
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