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Sophienburg Museum

401 W Coll St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
+1 830-629-1572
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Great little museum!

Great little museum! Small but mighty. They have done a fantastic job of taking care of the spirit... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Barbara S
Cincinnati, Ohio
A Perfect Blend of Old World NB

This is a wonderful place. The exhibits are authentic - mostly donated from families - of what it... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
San Antonio, Texas
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Every story has a beginning and the saga of New Braunfels starts here! Take a journey to Texas with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists as they cross the ocean to establish a new colony at the edge of Indian Territory. Live their dream of freedom, adventure and prosperity. 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 archives is one of the largest repositories of information chronicling the German immigration movement to Texas. The collection includes more than a million photographic images, newspapers, oral history recordings, government and church records, and genealogical information. Sophie's Shop, the museum store, carries the best in German collectibles, including nutcrackers, smokers, and Inge-Glas ornaments, as well as, books on New Braunfels, Texas, and regional history. Find New Braunfels souvenir t-shirts and decor to remember your trip.
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401 W Coll St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
+1 830-629-1572
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Great little museum! Small but mighty. They have done a fantastic job of taking care of the spirit and treasures of the past. You really get a feel for the families and what it took to settle here. The museum took about an hour to...More

4  Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This is a wonderful place. The exhibits are authentic - mostly donated from families - of what it was like from the founding days. Beautifully done. Walk through, hands on and narrated exhibits. Side Note: They host a wonderful German Market at the Civic Center...More

Thank Spary09
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The early history of New Braunfels is on display here. Lots of artifacts gives a real sense of what early life for the German settlers was like.

1  Thank globalbajan
Reviewed 4 March 2017

A very well done museum. It takes at least an hour to go thru it all. A nice collection of items from German immigrants that settled the area.

Thank Kathy0726
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed this museum full of artifacts and information relating to German immigration to Texas. All of my ancestors were German, so it was very meaningful to me, but anyone interested in Texas history would enjoy it. If your ancestors settled in Comal County,...More

1  Thank ILoveTexas
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We enjoyed this small museum. It is a good way to introduce yourself to New Braunfels history. There were many artifacts. However, not all of them came with any sort of explanation, which was unfortunate. There was a beautiful tapestry of the Crucifix, hand embroidered...More

1  Thank CarolfromTX
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

If you love history this place is a gem. It's a small museum but there is a lot a great artifacts. Learn about this German town and the history behind it. I just think it's fascinating to see artifacts from pharmacies, banks, bakeries, etc. It...More

3  Thank Qness47
Reviewed 12 March 2016

The Sophienburg Museum is kind of a hidden treasure within New Braunfels. While the museum is not large, it contains very interesting information on how the area was developed. The artifacts and information was very informative.

2  Thank Laura Z
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Friendly people, excellent exhibits although limited in number. Very clean, very well set up, very nicely maintained. The exhibits are interesting and informative, worth a stop if you are a history buff.

1  Thank HavocDog
Reviewed 26 February 2016

The Sophienburg Museum will provide you with an overview of the areas history in a compact space. We especially enjoyed their storefront displays which helped us understand what life was like for those early German immigrants.

1  Thank Julie J
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