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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.


2022 Texas Travel Award Winner

Texas Travel Awards 2022 - Big Market - Sophienburg Museum and Archives (New Braunfels)

Big Market — Sophienburg Museum and Archives (New Braunfels)
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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: https://since1845.com/ 

Thanks to all!

Another Weihnachtsmarkt is in the books!

Thanks to all the shoppers, merchants, volunteers, and staff for making it happen.

The Sophienburg's mission depends on all of you.

Recent Posts

  • Let there be Christmas light

    Let there be Christmas light

    By Keva Hoffmann Boardman — Decorations for Christmas are up at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. This year we are highlighting 20th century Christmas décor of the 1920s–1960s. You will be wonderfully transported back to …Read more >
  • Christmas from Germany to New Braunfels

    Christmas from Germany to New Braunfels

    By Tara V. Kohlenberg — You might think it too early to speak of Christmas, but Halloween is over, Main Plaza is decked out in lights and we are now enjoying Wurstfest, the Ten-Day Salute …Read more >
  • The Pablo Diaz story

    The Pablo Diaz story

    By Keva Hoffmann Boardman – Sometimes a little tidbit of information sets me off on a bunny trail. I took one of those trails recently after finding and reading a 1975 letter from Oscar Haas …Read more >
  • What’s a vara?

    What’s a vara?

    By Keva Hoffmann Boardman — “What’s a vara?” was asked by one of the Sophienburg’s volunteers. “It’s a length of measure used by the Spanish for measuring land,” I glibly answered. “We have a vara …Read more >

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.

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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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