Schlosshof um 1880, Bild: Foto Lösche

The museum and its history

The Thuringian State Museum Heidecksburg, sponsored by the administrative district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, is one of the biggest museums in the Free State of Thuringia. Going back to a foundation of the last prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt in 1918, the museum was taken over by the State of Thuringia in 1923.

With its banquet- and living rooms, inventory and its manifold collections the former residence palace became a museum – deprived of the private influence – serving the common welfare in its entirety. When the State of Thuringia took it over, all obligations resulting from the foundation were laid down to insure the unity of the collections.

After 1945 expert scientists worked on the single departments and the curator at that time was responsible for all museums in Thuringia. Since then a continuous maintenance has been guaranteed. On 23rd August 1950 the museum association “State Museums Heidecksburg” was founded combining the palace museum, the museum of local history (emerged from the municipal antiquity museum) and the natural history museum. During the following years the ethnology museum Thuringian farm houses, the emperor’s hall in Schwarzburg, the Friedrich-Froebel museum at Bad Blankenburg and the museum of the conventual, forestry and hunting history in Paulinzella were added.

As a result of the dissolution of the State of Thuringia in 1952 the collections of Heidecksburg palace were allocated to the newly formed district of Rudolstadt. After 1989 the district of Rudolstadt, since 1994 the administrative district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, has been pursuing a museums policy which is institutionally supported by the state, too.



Contact us

Dr. Lutz Unbehaun

Director’s Office, Office Coordinator
Gabriele Rasche

+ 49 3672 - 42 90—0

Deputy Director
Sabrina Lüderitz
+ 49 3672 - 42 90—18

Director, Friedrich-Froebel-Museum
Isabel Schamberger
+ 49 36741 -
47 310

Curator, Museum of Natural History
Dr. Sandy Reinhard
+ 49 3672 - 42 90—30

Anett Rode-Weingarten
+ 49 3672 - 42 90—29

Collection Management
Jeanette Lauterbach
+ 49 3672 - 42 90—13

Museum Education
Kathrin Stern
+ 49 36741 - 25 65

Museum Administration
Birgit Meyer
+ 49 3672 - 42 90—17

Franziska Pucher
+ 49 151 588 13 990

Collection Technician
Lars Krauße
+ 49 3672 - 42 90—20

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