Help the Sophienburg continue to tell the real stories of New Braunfels.
(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.
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/
- Horse racing at the county fair September 25, 2022
- Jardin de las almas September 11, 2022
- Much can be discovered by visiting graves at Comal Cemetery August 28, 2022
- New Braunfels had a poor farm August 14, 2022
Looking Back: Bürger Ball Featuring Gary P. Nunn
August 27, 2021 — Chandelier of Gruene
Thanks to everyone who helped make this an evening to remember.
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)