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Address: 401 W Coll St, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5618
Phone Number:
+1 830-629-1572

Take a journey to Texas with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists....

Take a journey to Texas with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists. Follow them 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. 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 that chronicles the German immigration movement to Texas. Its extensive collection includes more than a million photographic images, newspapers dating from 1852 to the present day, more than 2000 oral history recordings, thousands of original records, government and church records, and genealogical information.

Additionally, at Sophie's Shop, you will find the finest German and European glass Christmas ornaments and traditional decorations and a large selection of history books, New Braunfels collectibles, and children's toys.

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Great museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 July 2016
Argyle, Texas
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Argyle, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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, the archives room looked like a wonderful genealogy resource.

1 Thank ILoveTexas
Georgetown, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 and beaded, but not a word of how it was used or where it came... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 cost $8 per person but my bf and I had the museum all to ourselves.... More 

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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Cottage Grove, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

They have Christmas gift shop , a research library, a museum of old New Braunfels and a room that has revolving displays

1 Thank CarolynHall
New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

The Sophienburg archives are a beautifully kept historical record of the founding of New Braunfels. Some of the furniture from the founder's ship is actually located in this museum, and many exhibits rotate to showcase new tings to explore all the time. The gift shop is also a wonderful place to find unique items.

1 Thank Lisa W
Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

If you have time this is a nice little museum to get a glimpse of the German settling of the area. It is very charming as is the entire town of New Braufels. Worth visiting.

1 Thank Jude3147
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

New Braunfels was settled by German immigrants in the mid-1800's. This museum beautifully depicts their voyage and continuing journey in the U.S. It contains an amazing number of artifacts from that time period. I am descended from Texas Germans (but not from this area) and I was fascinated, but the Hubs who has no German genes at all, was very... More 

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