Help the Sophienburg continue to tell the real stories of New Braunfels.
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.
- Isabel Zuniga wins Sophienburg history scholarship May 24, 2020
- Recipes for life May 10, 2020
- True crime series: The Irene Hitzfelder murder April 26, 2020
- Women in history April 12, 2020
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 …
CBS-Austin — Road Trippin'
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: https://since1845.com/
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 #birthdayfireworksPosted 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 #since1845Posted 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.