Stroll through different centuries of interior design from baroque style to historism in the residence of the Saxe-Meiningen aristocrats. In the 19th century Elisabethenburg Castle developed into an important centre for the cultivation of the arts in Germany.
The young poet Friedrich Schiller borrowed books from the Duke’s library in order to be able to work in his rural hideaway.
And Duke Georg II. paved the way for modern director’s theatre in Meiningen and had close connections to Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms and Henrik Ibsen.
Elisabethenburg Castle was erected between 1682 and 1692 as residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen and is a significant specimen of baroque palace architecture in Thuringia. The historical and festive rooms are well worth a visit, as well as the art gallery, with its abundance of art works from the past eight centuries as well as exhibitions of contemporary art. A highlight of your tour through the museum is the exhibition court of muses.
Who reigned in Meiningen? What was the conductor Max Reger temporarily addicted to? Who was Hans von Bülow? And what does musical interpretation mean?
Kids, youths and grown-ups can comprehend with their own eyes, ears and hands how the small duchy of Saxe-Meiningen caused a furore in Europe in the 19th century. The exhibition shows what musicians do in the afternoon and who was invited to the ducal dinner table. A very special collection of historic musical instruments is presented in the green library.