Sophienburg Museum, New Braunfels
Sophienburg Museum is located on historic Sophienburg Hill and houses artifacts and displays showing how New Braunfels blended German, Hispanic, Native American and other ethnic groups into the "City of the Prince". Walk through a pioneer town, look at Native American artifacts and study maps and photos of the past. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for students 13 to 18; $1 for kids 6 to 12 and free for active military.
While exploring the town, we came across the most wonderful little museum!
The Sophienburg Museum is built on the site where Prince Carl of Germany hoped to build a castle in the 1840's, which was to be called Sophienburg--or Sophie's castle. Sophie was his fiance whom he left in Germany while coming to America. After founding New Braunfels, Prince Carl returned to Germany, was joined in marriage, but never came back. Sophie had no intention of living in the wilderness.
There are several interesting displays showing a typical home, general store, saloon, transportation and other glimpses into frontier life during the mid-1800's. We did our best to absorb bits of Texas history as we toured the museum. A small gift shop, bursting with German style Christmas ornaments is open year round. (picture #2)
The Sophienburg Museum contains information that catalogs German immigration to Texas. Photographs, newspapers from 1852 to the present, oral history recordings and church and government records are deposited here.
Hours are Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm; closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 18.