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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 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 …


CBS-Austin — Road Trippin'

The Guardians of New Braunfels History

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


Closed Wednesday, January 22

The Sophienburg Museum & Archives will be closed Wednesday, January 22, 2020, to do some housekeeping.

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.

Weihnachtsmarkt - Thanks!

Thanks to all the shoppers, sponsors, merchants, volunteers, and staff for making this year's Weihnachtsmarkt a great success. Your generosity and dedication support the mission of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.


Since 1845

Since 1845Our beautiful New Braunfels, the only Texas city founded by German royalty, will soon be 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/

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