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Coronavirus Closure

Because of health safety concerns, the Sophienburg is closed until it is safe to return.

Time Capsule Items will be available for pickup when the Sophienburg reopens to the public.

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Welcome to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.

Take the journey with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists as they cross the ocean and make their way into central Texas. Admire their courage and determination to establish a new colony at the edge of Indian Territory. Exhibits, rich in local artifacts, photographic images, maps and documents, take visitors through the history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels and Comal County. The Sophienburg Museum offers public lectures, school programs and community events that promote the area’s unique history.

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The Guardians of New Braunfels History

Posted by Sophienburg Museum and Archives on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Since 1845

Since 1845

175th anniversary events celebrating the founding of New Braunfels have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find details in the Since 1845 calendar.

Our beautiful New Braunfels, the only Texas city founded by German royalty, is celebrating its 175-year history of cultural heritage, hard work, and gemuetlichkeit (the good life). For more information about the celebration events and how to become involved, follow this link:

New Braunfels threw a grand party for her 100th birthday — watch the video below. 

Centennial Parade - 1946

New Braunfels Centennial Parade - 1946

New Braunfels threw a grand party for her 100th birthday. Just imagine what the 175th will bring. Join us for the Kindermasken and Founders' Day Parades to be rescheduled later this year in downtown New Braunfels. #happybirthdaynewbraunfels #innewbraunfels #ilovenewbraunfels #birthdayfireworks

Posted by Sophienburg Museum and Archives on Sunday, March 8, 2020

175th Anniversary Trail Ride - 2020

Riders with the New Braunfels 175th Anniversary Trail Ride enter Main Plaza after crossing the Guadalupe River. The wet cold weather didn’t dampen spirits as they ended the week long trek from Indianola retracing the trail taken by our City’s founding families. #happybirthdaynewbraunfels #innewbraunfels #since1845

Posted by Sophienburg Museum and Archives on Friday, March 20, 2020

History Flows Here - 175 Years

Own a piece of New Braunfels history in the new hardback coffee-table book featuring beautiful photographs with descriptions of 365 places that make New Braunfels special. It's part of the 175th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels. The book is for sale in Sophie's Shop for $75.

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