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Bürgel Ceramics Museum

The only ceramics museum in Thuringia records the 450-year history of pottery in Bürgel.  Showing traditional processes and long-forgotten vessel shapes, the permanent exhibition presents the manufacture and use of ceramic goods over the years.

The oldest items originate from a trade show in 1880, instigated in Bürgel by Grand Duke Carl Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. A school of modelling and drawing was also opened with the aim of initiating an economic upturn for the pottery trade in Bürgel; traditional pottery workshops, majolica manufactories and art-oriented potteries produced ceramic goods here.

The Grand Duke appointed the Belgian designer and precursor of Art Nouveau, Henry van de Velde, as art consultant to the Bürgel workshops and the latter designed model series of everyday crockery and decorative items. Bürgel was also influenced by the direct vicinity of the subsequent Bauhaus ceramics workshop in Dornburg.

The Museum's special exhibitions focus on the history of individual Bürgel pottery workshops; in addition, the "Ceramics Award Winners" series also presents representatives of modern ceramics every year.

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

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues-Sun from December to February

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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