The Museum for Historical Marksmanship is located in Duderstadt, one of Germany’s most important half-timbered towns. It stands in the place on an abandoned house – the renovation started in 2009 and involved reestablishment of half-timbered structure, along with the introduction of new exhibition spaces. The massive historic stone wall acts as a support for the structure on one side of the ensemble. A steel bridge connects the new spaces to the adjacent “Georgsturm”, build onto the town wall in the eighteen century, emphasizing the building’s strong relationship with its surroundings.
The facade is clad with golden copper metal panels of various sizes, set in a uneven pattern; this has been executed by a tinsmith, in accordance to high craftsmanship standards. The interior design is mainly characterized by the use of a few materials: raw steel on the floor and the balustrades, black painted wood surfaces for furniture and doors imprinted with sulphur yellow texts and pictos and exposed concrete inside the new wing, contrasting with the old stone wall.
The exhibition offers three stories of different media installations and historical exhibits, giving insights to such themes as shooting, city defense and town life in the middle ages. An interactive town model of Duderstadt allows the visitors to reenact different attack scenarios. The first floor is dedicated to the archers and shooters who formed a special militia to defend the city in the middle ages. Visitors can try their hand at target shooting or the crossbow, at two virtual shooting ranges. Further audio installations are spread throughout the overall museum and give insights into medieval city life.