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Address: 401 W Coll St, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5618
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+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 little museum!

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Barbara S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 go through. I think the cost was around $8. We were lucky enough to have... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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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 during the holiday time. A must if you are in NB during December. The museum... More 

Thank Spary09
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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.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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Reviewed 5 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.

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Argyle, Texas
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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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Reviewed 8 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 

1 Thank CarolfromTX
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 10 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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Reviewed 13 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
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Reviewed 13 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
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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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