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The Westphalia Department in Münster

The Westphalia Department stores the documents of 12 centuries of Westphalian history, making it a central point of contact for anyone conducting historical research and also for citizens with an interest in the region.

The material from the former State Archives of Münster includes extensive records of both secular and ecclesiastical territories, as well as the dissolved monasteries and convents of the former Prussian province of Westphalia before 1815.

Today, the Westphalia Department is responsible for state authorities, courts, tax offices and other institutions in the districts of Arnsberg and Münster. As well as keeping state records, the department also houses archived materials from other sources.

It has a modern service area, runs events and issues numerous publications, including a wide range of training material on archiving.

The Westphalia Department in Münster

Opening Times & Contact

Your Contact

Bohlweg 2
48147 Münster

Phone number
+49 251 4885-0
+49 251 4885-100
Opening hours
Mon, Tue 08:30–16:30
Wed, Thu 08:30–18:00
Fri 08:30–13:00

You can reach the Westfalen department on foot from the main railway station in about 15 minutes

or with the bus lines 4 (not until September 2019 due to construction work), 17 and R51 (bus stop "Hörstertor")

Restricted barrier-free access from Bohlweg: There are two reserved parking spaces next to the rear entrance on the visitors' car park at the rear of the building. - A bell in front of the stairs to the main entrance on Bohlweg is provided for wheelchair registration at an accessible height; the gate service will organise staff for access after it has been activated. A ramp leads from the car park at the rear of the building to the basement. It can be used with the help of staff from the Landesarchiv. An elevator ensures the accessibility of the reading room and access to a barrier-free toilet.
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