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Bürgel Ceramics Museum

In the only ceramics museum in Thuringia, the history of pottery in Bürgel is recorded from its beginnings in the mid-17th century until the present day. The ceramics museum shows an impressive selection of baking moulds, dishes, jugs, pots and bowls, together with pharmacy containers and oversized storage vessels. When new materials for household and kitchen came into use, such as china, stoneware or aluminium, the sales market experienced a huge slump. After that, the production of arts and crafts became established in Bürgel - decorative items, of which some were made in plaster moulds. Construction of the museum in 1880 was intended to support this re-orientation. The collection contains, for example, products by the artist Henry van de Velde, which he designed in Art Nouveau style for the Bürgel workshops at the beginning of the 20th century. On display are also items of the blue and white ceramics range, created at the time of the world economic crisis.

Opening hours

Tuesday: 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 11:00 - 17:00
Friday: 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

Special opening hours and guided tours by appointment

Detailed information

  • art
  • - Guided tours in Bürgel
    • Programmes for children, teenagers and adults
    • Arrangement of visits in pottery and show workshops, in the "Zinsspeicher" Local History Museum, monastery church and Thalmühle mill
    • Changing special exhibitions
    • Specialist library
    on request
  • changing special exhibitions


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German, English
  • Parking for coach: 23


Restricted access for wheelchair users Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users

Parking spaces directly by the museum. Public disabled parking spaces in marketplace (about 300 metres away). Route to building over cobbles. Access to the museum via a ramp (5 metres long, 1.80 metres wide, 10%). The exhibitions are on the ground floor and 2 more floors. Platform lift to the other floors, which can only be used when accompanied by staff. Guide dogs permitted.

Info on WC: accessible at right only = 130 cm.  

Key to the pictograms



Contact information

Keramik-Museum Bürgel

Am Kirchplatz 2
07616 Bürgel

Telephone: +49 (0) 36692 49141
Fax: +49 (0) 36692 49142

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