The Hermann-Schilli-House was built in 1980 according to plans drawn up by Professor Hermann Schilli, the initiator und founder of the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof and the museum’s director from its opening 
in 1964 until 1981.


Schilli’s original idea for the building was that it should contain all the rooms important for the administration and daily running of the museum: the archive, storage, warehouse, workshop, staffroom and an apartment for the caretaker.

After extensive conversion and renovation work, the building was integrated into the museum grounds in 2017. The ground and upper floor have been open to the public since then. On the ground floor there is a modern, well-equipped seminar room, and on the floor above, in the area originally intended as an apartment for the caretaker, an exhibition on 1980s home decor. With this exhibition the focus lies on a period which until now hasn’t featured in the museum.

The conversion of the Hermann-Schilli-Haus into a seminar and exhibition building is funded by the European regional development program LEADER. You can find more information about the funding program here.