Welcome to museum De Locht!
Visit museum De Locht in the north of the Dutch Limburg region, and you’ll experience how about 200 volunteers do everything to ensure that you feel good in the museum, enjoy the closeness of nature, and go through how the people here in the countryside used to live and work last century.
Asparagus and Mushrooms
For agricultural development in Northern Limburg, the specialisation in asparagus and mushroom cultivation was of great importance. The north of Limburg is Holland’s most important region for the production of both asparagus and mushrooms. The sandy soil is very suitable for asparagus. This vegetable -already popular in antiquity- is harvested in the months of May and June.
The production of mushrooms was started by the co-operation between pioneers in the field of improvement-research and the first mushroom-cultivators. Mushrooms can be harvested throughout the year. The museum shows how compost is made and shows the production of mushrooms in caves and modern cells, as well as the packing process.
In this way you can exactly track both the asparagus and mushroom cultivation from the initial stage to the final product. Furthermore you will find a historic auction-clock, which can still be taken in operation at specific events.
The regional museum presents in a pleasant way a good overview of the life of people in the north of Limburg in the first half of the 20th century. It started with the farmstead, built in 1859. Extensions have been added in the following decades until it got its present 120-yard-long façade. During a tour you almost have the impression that you could encounter one of the former residents every moment. Look in the cosy kitchen, where family life took mainly place. Then continue to the “best” room with its cupboard-bed, the mezzanine room and the cellar.
Most people were poor, but the house gave a certain comfort and time for a little chat was always there. This atmosphere is still felt today. In the stable and barns you will see the old agricultural tools which give an impression of the daily hard work in agriculture. Upstairs you can find several old crafts, which offer insight into the everyday work of our ancestors.