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In 1729, Prince Günther I of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (1678 - 1740) commissioned the construction of a palace as a subsequent dowager's residence for his wife Elisabeth Albertine, née Princess of Anhalt-Bernburg (1693 - 1774). Completed in 1734, the palace served as a home for the royal art collections while the prince and princess were still alive. Special mention must be made here of Prince Günther I's extensive porcelain collection, consisting of some 1000 Chinese and Japanese porcelain items, exhibited today on a total of 763 shelves in the Castle Museum.

There is a permanent exhibition showing the work of the young Johann Sebastian Bach as an organist (1703 - 1707). Visitors can learn much about Bach's time in Arnstadt, with the help of contemporary multimedia technology. The exhibition also presents references to musical, social and town history and creates for visitors a vivid and detailed picture of the composer and his time in Arnstadt.

But the great visitor attraction is considered to be the internationally unique  "Mon Plaisir" collection of dolls famous way beyond the boundaries of Thuringia. Princess Auguste Dorothea of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (1666 - 1751), a passionate collector, arranged this fascinating collection in the form of a miniature town. In 82 scenes, 391 dolls surrounded by some 2670 separate items of equipment reflect the life at court at the time and that of peasants, craftsmen and clergymen in the town.

Opening hours

Tuesday: 9:30 - 16:30
Wednesday: 9:30 - 16:30
Thursday: 9:30 - 16:30
Friday: 9:30 - 16:30
Saturday: 9:30 - 16:30
Sunday: 9:30 - 16:30

closed from 1 to 2 p.m.
shortened opening hours from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October to April

Detailed information

  • culture/history
  • art
  • educational museum programmes on request
  • Lapidarium (in Marstall (stables))


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Language: German, English, French


Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

Parking facilities in the inner courtyard. Outdoor routes over very uneven and wide-jointed cobbles and chippings. Steps of up to 6 cm. 5 steps in each case to the ticket office and exhibition of dolls. Small steps (3 cm) in the passageways within the exhibition of dolls. Access to all other museum floors by stairs. Access to the Lapidarium in the side building over a threshold. Interior easy to navigate. WC in outside area. Route over uneven cobbles. Access by step (3 cm). Info: accessible at right only = 88 cm.

Reading aids for hire. Listening points in the Bach exhibition.

Key to the pictograms



Contact information

Schlossmuseum Arnstadt

Schloßplatz 1
99310 Arnstadt

Telephone: +49 (0) 3628 602932
Fax: +49 (0) 3628 48264

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