Museum of the Palatinate

The museum's collections of art and cultural history are located in the Palais Morass built in 1712 by J.A. Breunig for the then administrating chancellor of the Heidelberg University. The distinguished mansion is one of Heidelberg's most splendid Baroque residences. The museum's attractions include portraits of the Prince Electors, an outstanding collection of coins, and the famous collection of Frankenthal porcelain. Another building was added to the museum in 1984.

Visitors now have the advantage of seeing most objects in modern exhibition halls. The archaeological division includes prehistoric and early finds from regional sites as well as a copy of the lower jaw of the famous "Homo erectus Heidelbergensis" found in Mauer, close to Heidelberg. Finds from Heidelberg's Roman period are displayed and illustrated by diorams and models.

The pride of the museum's gallery of sculptures and paintings (15th-20th century) is Tilman Riemenschneider's "Windsheim Altar" dated 1509, depicting the Twelve Apostles. Furthermore, art collections focus on the Romantic period and include works of Heidelberg romanticists such as Carl Philipp Fohr, Ernst Fries, Carl Rottmann. Another focal point of the museum is the documentation of Heidelberg's history. Visitors interested in cultural history will also enjoy the collection of costumes and clothes which illustrate the changes of fashion during two centuries within one local family. Also located at the Palais Morass is the "Heidelberger Kunstverein" which focuses on modern art and organizes changing exhibitions of works created by local as well as national and international renowned artists.

Phone 06221 / 58 34 020, Internet:

Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.



German Pharmacy Museum

Visit the German Pharmacy Museum with its unique displays of pharmaceutical paraphernalia and rare documents dating back four centuries, and an alchemist's laboratory.
Phone 06221 / 2 58 80
Opening Hours all-season, daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Textilmuseum Max Berk

The private museum, idyllicly located in the Neckar Valley, was founded by the Heidelberg factory owner and businessman Max Berk in 1978 and works without any public financial support. The museum is located within a former Protestant church, an officially recognized and preserved work of art, which was renovated from 1976 to 1978.

The exhibition area extends to approximately 1100 square meters and includes several different sections. The museum's main attractions include dresses, robes, costumes and ecclesiastical garments, several of which date back to the turn of the 18th century, furthermore several different accessories and a variety of textile goods.

Another section displays precious exhibits from non-European countries, e.g. textile goods from India, batiks from Java, ikats from Bali and finds from tombs located in Peru. Another focal point of the museum is the collection of antique patchwork-quilts from England and the U.S.A., dating from the last two centuries. Interested visitors or school classes can also learn about production methods of textile goods and the creation of different fibres gained from plants or animals. Exhibits include production machineries as well, e.g. a circle spinning machine from 1877, a Rouleaux printing machine, spinning-wheels and a manual weaving-loom from 1850.

Through the opening of a small section for historical doll`s-houses the very varied collection of the textile museum has been broadened yet further to embrace our childhood days.

The museums also organizes special exhibitions which refer to the history of textile goods or display works of nationally and internationally renowned textile artists. Following the tradition of Max Berk, special support is given to young artists. During the 22 years of its existence, the museum has organized almost one hundred special exhibitions, including the tapestries of the famous French artist Yvette Cauquil-Prince, Flemish gobelins of the 17th century, batiks of the Japanese Imperial Prize-Winner Taizo Minakawa and lace works of the "Internationale Biennale der Spitze, Brüssel". The great international reputation of the museum is also due to the fact that it is responsible for organizing the "Biennal of Quilts".

Phone 06221 / 80 03 17 , E-Mail
Opening Hours Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Special dates for groups after reservation


Museum of Ancient Art

The archaelogical collections of the University of Heidelberg originate from the "Antiquarium Creuzerianum" (donated in 1835), named after the Heidelberg philologist Georg Friederich Creuzer. Since 1848, the year of offical foundation, both collections were enlarged by antique originals as well as copies of works of plastic arts. Today, they constitute one of the largest archaelogical university collections in Germany. The museum displays antique art works from the mediterranean countries, including Greek and Etruscian vases and pottery as well as sculptures and embossments from Greece, Italy, Cyprus and the Near East.

Furthermore, there are ceramics from Troy and reconstructions of finds from Mykene and Crete. The exhibits cover a period from 4000 before Christ until the late Greek and Roman times. The copy collection displays several plaster casts of antique sculptures, from the early beginnings in Greece until the time of the Roman emperors. The originals are to be found in the most important museums of the world, e.g. in London (Parthenon sculptures) and in Berlin (Pergamon altar).

Phone 06221 / 54 25 12

Opening Hours: 15th April to 15th July and 15th October to 15th February: Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (cast galerie); 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (ancient art); Sundays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (both collections).


German Packaging Museum

Located in a former church, this one-of-a-kind museum in all of Europe showcases key developments in packaging technology, continually changing exhibits, symposiums and presentations devoted to packaging design.

Phone 06221 / 2 13 61, Internet
Opening hours Wed - Fri 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sat/Sun 11 a.m. - 6 a.m.


Museum of Ecclesiastical Arts

The museum's entrance is located in the Church of the Jesuits. The museum displays unique collections of ecclesiastical art from the 17th, 18th and 19th century, including a large silver madonna created by J. Ignaz Saller in 1736, goblets, monstrances, liturgical garments, books, paintings, sculptures and ecclesiastical objects.

Phone 06221 / 16 63 91

Opening Hours June to October: Tuesdays to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays. November to May: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Cajeth House Museum

There are many names for those paintings and pictures which are collected in the "Museum Haus Cajeth", but these names do not signify certain styles or subjects. "Primitive" seems to be the most appropriate word for these non-academic painters. "Primitive art", used as aterm of art history, does not imply any discrediting meanings of connotation.

Phone 06221 / 2 44 66
Opening Hours Mondays to Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University Museum

University Museum

History of Germany´s oldest university, including traveling exhibits. The university history is documented with pictures and museum objects in three display rooms 

Combined ticket with the famous Student Prison. The name speaks for itself: The former detention room in the rear of the building. The Student Prison is in the Old University, Augstinergasse 2.

Phone 06221 / 54 21 52

Opening Hours April to September: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November to March: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guided tours for groups on request



Ethnographical Museum

The Portheim Foundation of Science and the Fine Arts was etablished by Victor Goldschmidt in 1919. In 1922, he bought the "Palais Weimar" to present and display the precious collection in a suitable setting. The collection included minerals, material of early history, European ethnology, icons, and early printings and ethnographics. During the Second World War, the valuable library as well as the collection of minerals were sold, the folklore stocks were plundered at the end of the war. The ethnological collections, however, survived and were enlarged continuously. They are open to the public.

Phone 06221 / 22 06 7


Friedrich Ebert Memorial

House where Friedrich Ebert, first president of the Weimar Republic, grew up. Exhibit: "The life and Times of Friedrich Ebert".

President Ebert was the first democratic head of state and one of the most outstanding politicians in the history of Germany. Faced with extreme internal and external conditions, he prepared the way for parliamentary democracy, preserved national unity, and made a vital contribution to a creation of a social republic. Because of this special significance for the history of Germany, the president Friedrich-Ebert Memorial-foundation was set up as a public-law, non party, federal foundation in Heidelberg, the city of his birth. The aim is to preserve the memory of Friedrich Ebert and contribute to an understanding of the history of Germany during his lifetime.

The house where he was born, which is open to the public, and the permanent exhibition, assist in this objective. The foundation`s other tasks include maintaining an archive, scientific research, and all types of events such as special exhibitions, congresses, seminars, lectures and school projects.

Guided tours of the permanent exhibition and other exhibitions are available; everything is free of charge or fees. Please call us in advance, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Phone 06221 / 9 10 70

Opening Hours Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free entry.



Heidelberg Art Gallery

The Art Association Heidelberg - founded in 1869 - is one of the largest and oldest Art Associations in Germany. Its purpose "as a citizens" initiative - is the promotion and mediation of contemporary art. Since 2006 the Art Association Heidelberg is run by the 31 year old Dane Johan Holten, who serves this purpose by curating changing exhibitions, guided tours and art trips. The base of his curatorial work is a conceptual understanding of art. Topic of his first exhibition "Political Realities " was the mediation of political and historical events. The participating artists (Luc Tuymans, Jeremy Deller, IRIWN and others), tried to prove the relativity of reality throughout their exhibited works.

For his solo exhibition Simon Starling - who won the Turner prize in 2005 - used an elaborated printing technique to blow up an image from a newspaper cutting. Eventually the result was a wall covering print, consisting of oversized pixels with no indication of what the original image had shown. This deficiency of the human sight is also topic of the current and upcoming exhibitions.

Phone +49 (0)6221 - 18 40 86


Opening Hours Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Documentation and Cultural Center of the German Sinti and Roma

Documentation of the Nazi genocide of the Sinti and Roma peoples, presentations, symposiums, concerts and changing exhibits.

Audio-tour in English, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Phone: 0049 6221 / 98 11 02

Opening Hours all-season, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free entry.


Carl Bosch Museum

In addition to the big mansion in Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, covering a surface of over 1800 m², a second building was erected not far away in Schloß-Wolfsbrunnenweg 46. It served as a lodging for Bosch´s drivers and as a garage for Bosch´s cars, including the vintage brands Maybach and Horch.

In this "Garagenhaus" the Carl Bosch Museum in Heidelberg was inaugurated in May 1998. This technical museum shows the most interesting and exciting highlights of the life of Heidelberg´s Nobel prize-winner Carl Bosch (1874-1940) on a surface of more than 300 m² and twooutdoor areas.

The topics range from the development of chemical engineering to IG Farben´s role during the Third Reich. The development of high-pressure technology from its beginnings in the laboratory to the creation of gigantic industrial complexes is as well reconstructed as their political and economical effects are documented. The exhibition consists of eight different sections.

Phone 06221 / 60 36 16 , Internet

Opening hours daily except for Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. closed from december 22nd to janurary 1st




The Prinzhorn Collection

The Prinzhorn Collection is the custodian of a worldwide exceptional body of work done by patients in psychiatric hospitals at the dawn of the 20th century. Collated by the art historian and physician of the Heidelberg Psychiatric University hospital, Hans Prinzhorn from 1919 to 1921.

The Prinzhorn Collection comprises some 5000 works, the majority in pencil or crayons, together with paintings in oils and watercolours, fabric art, and wood sculptures. 435 patients/artists, including some 80 women, are represented in the collection. They were mostly committed to institutions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and by and large diagnosed as "schizophrenic".

Since September 2001, the Prinzhorn Collection has its own exhibition rooms.

Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 56 44 92

Opening Hours Tuesday trough Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday: closed

Guided Tours for the public will take place Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m.