Maste-Barendorf Historic Factory

Living industrial culture, modern art and nature come together in the historic factory site of Maste-Barendorf. Where brass was cast in the 19th century, an artists' and museum village now stretches out with numerous cultural events in the changing seasons, a participatory garden, gastronomy and an ambience stand.

In the course of the 1820s, the brothers-in-law Johannes Dunker and Franz Maste had a brass rolling mill built. In the following years, casting houses and other production facilities for brassware were built around the rolling mill. The founders of the factory used the water of the Baarbach to drive three water wheels for the operation. The products manufactured in Barendorf, including household items such as irons, coffee grinders, pocket knives as well as various tools, were sold internationally in the 19th century. In the 20th century, Barendorf was home to a metal washing plant and a metal goods factory. In 1980, the city of Iserlohn bought the site and has since been working to preserve and revitalise the listed ensemble.

The Needle Museum, which is located in the factory village, is currently being completely overhauled and is expected to reopen in 2025. The grounds and the sculpture garden as well as the industrial-cultural playground, which makes the production of the eye needle a playful experience, are still freely accessible at all times.

An exhibition area in the municipal museum is dedicated to needle production.

Maste-Barendorf Historic Factory
Baarstraße 220-226
58636 Iserlohn
+49 (0) 2371 - 2171961

Access for persons with disabilities:Available
Infrastructure for children:

Closed until probably 2025 due to a new conception of the exhibition.
The outdoor area with sculpture park and playground is freely accessible at all times.