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The Natural History Museum Rudolstadt

From the Princely Natural History Cabinet to a modern Nature Museum

In 1757, at a time when the thrust for research and discovery of the flourishing sciences was reflected in the numerous chambers of art and curiosities, the irrepressible interest in nature of the prince and later count Friedrich Karl of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadtcreated a remarkable natural history cabinet, which to this day continues to exist and constantly developed as a natural history museum.

Experience Thuringia's oldest natural history museum in one of the most magnificent baroque castles in Thuringia – Heidecksburg Palace. Explore the collections representing all areas of nature – plants, animals, minerals, fossils and rocks – the museum's exhibitions and stacks hold almost half a million objects.

We are looking forward to your visit!

Thuringian State Museum Heidecksburg
Schlossbezirk 1 | 07407 Rudolstadt

Tel.: +49 (0) 3672 42 90 22

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday | 10 am – 5 pm

Plan your visit today!


14.06.2023 - 16:39 Uhr

250. Todestag von Georg Christian Füchsel

20. Juni 2023 | 18 Uhr | Vortrag in der Porzellangalerie

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24.01.2023 - 07:55 Uhr

Projektteam HEIdigital ist jetzt komplett

Digitalisierung der Bestände des Naturhistorischen Museums beginnt

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09.12.2022 - 07:00 Uhr

Sonderausstellung in Paulinzella

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Our Museum Association

Thuringian State Museum Heidecksburg

Discover our museums in Rudolstadt, Schwarzburg, Paulinzella and Bad Blankenburg and explore the fascinating stories and facets of a residence!


One of the most splendid castles in Thuringia


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en Miniature

Castles of the Praised Islands

Bad Blankenburg

About the birth of the Kindergarten

Princely World of Experience
Schwarzburg Palace

Gatehouse, Armory & Emperors Hall Building

Alfred T. Mörstedt

A Thuringian artist of the 20th century