The fate of the" steam grain brandy distillery Vogelsang "in Hilden, whose beginnings go back to 1864 , was already sealed. But in good time before the demolition, after several years of slumber since the closure in 1979, the facility was proposed as suitable location for museum by the “Förderkreis des Museums der Stadt Hilden” - today the Hilden Museum and Local History Association. The idea quickly found approval in the council and administration. The Rhineland Regional Council, which was consulted, confirmed the special value of the ensemble as unique industrial monument in the Rhineland. After extensive restoration work in the former factory and the conversion of the opposite business and storage rooms into museum, the Wilhelm Fabry Museum and the historic grain distillery were opened on September 17, 1989.
Wilhelm Fabry, who gave the museum its name, became Born in 1560 just few hundred meters from today's museum location, he is Hildens most famous son. He is considered the founder of modern surgery in Germany. According to the museum, the history of medicine and medicine in art are the main themes of the exhibition activities. The art exhibitions have developed particular attraction.
The collection now includes around 350 objects as well as books by other important doctors from the 17th century. The exhibition "Wilhelm Fabry - Personality, Work, Worldview, Network, Patients" can be seen from September 19 to January 25, 2015. Information: www.wilhelm- fabry-museum.de. Kli