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Meiningen Museums - Museum at Elisabethenburg Castle

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Between 1682 and 1692, Duke Bernhard I had Elisabethenburg Castle built on the site of the Meiningen Town Fortress. The main entrance to the Castle is through a round building in the courtyard of the three-wing Baroque complex. Visitors will be entranced by the lovingly designed gardens in the castle courtyard, surrounded on all sides by the handsome castle facade. The imposing castle complex owes its present external appearance to several constructional alterations over the course of time. The architectural highlights include the castle church and the Hesse Hall. The impressive final act in royal construction work was the neo-Classicist marble hall built in 1907.

On a tour of the castle, visitors can see some 50 exhibition rooms. The middle floor of the castle is primarily devoted to art collections. Stucco work, textile wall coverings and elaborate stoves bear witness to former court magnificence. Two rooms commemorate Meiningen's Princess Adelheid, who came to the English throne as Queen Adelaide in 1830, alongside her husband King William IV. Children, teenagers and adults can experience cultural history to touch, look at and hear in the exhibition "Meiningen - the Court of Muses between Weimar and Bayreuth" in the royal living quarters.

  • Multimedia guided tour of the museum
  • Souvenirs and gifts in the museum shop
  • Public museum library

Opening hours

Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

 Literature Museum: Tues-Fri 10 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat and Sun 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Entry via Elisabethenburg Castle

Detailed information

  • art
  • literature/theatre/music
  • arts and crafts from 8 centuries, theatre and music history of Meiningen


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German, English, French
  • Parking for coach: 3
  • Parking for car: 100
  • Family- and child-friendly
  • For children and families: Play World - a castle within a castle for children; Visiting a Duke - castle tour; "Castle Children" - children in works of art



Contact information

Meininger Museen

Schlossplatz 1
98617 Meiningen

Telephone: +49 (0) 3693 88 10 30

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