Help the Sophienburg continue to tell the real stories of New Braunfels.
Per the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Our staff has extensive cleaning procedures. 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.
- First county fair was in 1894 September 12, 2021
- Outlaws, cowboys and armadillos August 29, 2021
- True crime series: Break-in of First National Bank August 15, 2021
- For the love of antlers August 1, 2021
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 …
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/
Saturday, September 18, 2021
The Sophienburg and Westside Community Center together created an exhibit from local historical archives featuring Diez y Séis parades and celebrations from the 1900s to the 1970s. In addition to the exhibit, there was music, mariachis, Baile folklórico, crafts, food, snowcones, and more!
Closed Friday, September 24, 2021
The Sophienburg Archives and Museum will be closed Friday, September 24, 2021, in observance of the Comal County Fair Parade.
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Bürger Ball Featuring Gary P. Nunn
August 27, 2021 — Chandelier of Gruene
Thanks to everyone who helped make this an evening to remember.
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.
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)