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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.

The Texas Wildflower

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"This remarkable museum showcases German immigration in the Hill Country region through a world-class permanent exhibition."  More …

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The Guardians of New Braunfels History

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

We have missed you!

The Sophienburg Museum and Archives opened our doors to the public again on June 16, 2020. There are a few changes since your last visit, including different hours of operation and new safety protocols. Per the governor’s orders, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff during this unusual time. Our staff has instituted new cleaning procedures and will be wearing masks when you visit. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience at The Sophienburg.

125th Anniversary Time Capsule Items

Items from the 125th Anniversary Time Capsule will be available for pick up beginning Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Items will only be released to the addressee. ID and signatures are required. Time Capsule Contents (PDF)

Since 1845

Since 1845

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). (175th Celebration at the Sophienburg) For more information about the celebration events and how to become involved, follow this link: 

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. Order the book from Sophie's Shop.

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