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Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Archives open for research by appointment only, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 830-629-1572)
Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in Texas and Comal County,  masks are required during your visit. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience at The Sophienburg.

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

What others are saying about the Sophienburg:
"This remarkable museum showcases German immigration in the Hill Country region through a world-class permanent exhibition."  More …

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: 

Jardín de las Almas - Fiesta Patria

Save the Date - Jardín de las Almas - Fiesta Patria - Garden of Souls - Historical Celebration - Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - 401 W. Coll St. - On the grounds of the Sophienburg Museum - 830-629-1572

Looking Back: Bürger Ball Featuring Gary P. Nunn

A good time was had by all.August 27, 2021 — Chandelier of Gruene

Thanks to everyone who helped make this an evening to remember.


Weihnachtsmarkt 2021

Santa OrnamentsThanks to all the shoppers, merchants, volunteers, sponsors, and staff for making Weihnachtsmarkt 2021 a success!

A Premier Christmas Shopping Event Benefiting the Sophienburg Museum & Archives Since 1988

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Thank you, Weihnachtsmarkt sponsors!

It's About Time

125th Anniversary Time Capsule Items

Items from the 125th Anniversary Time Capsule are available for pickup. Items will only be released to the addressee. ID and signatures are required. Unclaimed Time Capsule Contents (PDF)

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