Archive of Vanished Places / Archiw zgubjonych jsow

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Documentation and exhibition centre and agricultural history collection

Building / plot situation

The Documentation Centre found its home at the resettlement site of Forst-Eulo in the newly built community centre of today's Forst district of Horno. It was opened on 14 October 2006.
The converted farm barn houses an agricultural history collection.


In connection with the resettlement of the village of Horno to Forst (Lusatia), the idea arose to establish a central information centre that would scientifically document the history of those 137 places in Lusatia and their inhabitants that had to make way for open-cast mining in whole or in part since 1922 (over 25,000 people lost their homes during this period).

In a modern, multimedia presentation, topics such as the history of the Lusatian lignite mining area, the history and present of site demolitions, the effects of resettlement from a socio-cultural and ethnological point of view (Lusatia as a historical settlement area of the Sorbs / Wends) are conveyed. Also documented is the conflict in the process of resettling the community of Horno.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a walk-through map in the form of a carpet that shows the entire Lusatian mining area. Visitors can use an interactive "Infosauger" to digitally navigate to all the disappeared places.

Special exhibitions / accompanying offers

 At the new resettlement site of the village of Horno, the "farmer's barn" from the old Horno was to be re-established according to the will of the community. The barn in a typical regional design with an exhibition on village life and everyday work can be visited by appointment through the Archive of Vanished Places.

Offers for children - With Kobi to the museum

Kobi - the little house ghost - is at home in the museum. He lives there in a slipper under the stove. At midnight, he eavesdrops on the old museum pieces when they tell stories about the past. He tells these exciting stories to the museum staff, who then pass them on to the children - stories from the old, old days.

Kobi offers:

Documentation of mining-related resettlement in the "Archive of Vanished Places

The Archive of Vanished Places documents the history of those 137 places in Lusatia that had to make way for open-cast mines, either completely or in part. The exhibition presents the multi-layered and complex topic of "Resettlement in Lusatia" in five central multimedia areas: "Introduction", "Resettlement", "Sorbs / Wends", "Sorbian / Wendish Language Laboratory" and "Battle for Horno".

A special attraction is the walk-on map carpet on which all 137 dredged sites in Lusatia can be navigated to using mobile, interactive readers (info suckers). Visitors to the exhibition are asked questions about the exhibition topics, and with navigation aids they can find the answers in the multimedia stations and info suckers.

The offer takes place indoors and is aimed at schoolchildren.
Grades 5 to 12 (approx. 11 to 18 years)
Dates: by arrangement
Pre-registration: 3 days before at the latest
Duration: at least 1 hr.
Group size: up to 15 people
Admission per person: € 0.50

Archive of Vanished Places Horno



Archive of Vanished Places / Archiw zgubjonych jsow
An der Dorfaue 9
OT Horno / Rogow
03149 Forst (Lausitz) / Baršć (Łužyca)

Phone: 03562 - 694836
Fax: 03562 - 697485
E - Mail:

Opening hours
Tuesday: 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thurs: 10:00 - 17:00
every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month:
14:00 - 17:00
Closed on public holidays
Visits are also possible outside opening hours by appointment.

Adults: € 2.00
Reduced: € 1.50
Groups from 10 persons: 1,50 € / person
School groups: 0,50 € / person

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Offers for children
To the museum with Kobi