The first major exhibition on the history of consumer goods production opens its doors to visitors in April. The focus is on the folding boats of the Mathias-Thesen-Werft (MTW) shipyard in Wismar.

Shipbuilding and boatbuilding has a long and unique tradition in the Hanseatic city of Wismar and also a lively present. The more recent history of the current shipyard site has its origins in a ship repair base dating back to 1946. Even today, it is the only compact shipyard in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Above all, the location designation Mathias-Thesen-WerftMTW for short – was strikingly imprinted in the public consciousness, as it shaped the cityscape for more than 50 years.

But it is not only fishing, container, expedition, research and cruise ships that have been launched in the Hanseatic city since 1951. Smaller boats with a special wooden construction also saw the light of day here.

The special exhibition "Packsack, Deadwood, Hummingbird – 70 Years of Folding Boats from Wismar" takes a unique look at a very special Wismar product, which was produced between 1954 and 1990 as part of the mass consumer goods production of the Wismar shipyard - the folding boat. More than 77,000 units have left the production site in Kanalstraße and are still very popular today, not only among connoisseurs.
21 April to 9 March 2025