The imposing building was built in the 1590s from reused stones from other abbey buildings, and was used to store the tithe. By exchanging the old barn doors with massive steel doors, inserting a dark-coloured concrete floor and a separate black ceiling, the visitor feels like in a sort of black box. During the guided tour, single stone fragments are illuminated via a tablet controller. The labels of the exhibits are missing deliberately, so that visitors can associate freely on their own.
The objects in the tithe barn are impressive documents from 200 years of excavation. Late antique pieces from the 2nd and 3rd centuries are accompanied by Carolingian columns and capitals from the abbey heyday, as well as a large number of important small finds that reveal insights into life in the abbey.
You can visit the Tithe Barn only in the company of a guide. Guided tours have to be booked in advance.