This museum, housed in a Renaissance castle from the 16th / 17th centuries, provides visitors with an overview of the stone-age and early history of the region and of its earliest medieval settlements. Also presented is the development of the castle hill from the fortress castle of Heinrich I to the secular womens collegiate convent with close ties to the imperial family. Important aspects of the history of the city are illuminated as well.
Amongst the most important objects exhibited are the findings from a bronze-age hoard on the Lehof and the golden broach from Groß-Orden. Legends abound in regards to the \"Robber Counts Box, a wooden prison cage associated with the capture of Count Albrecht II of Regenstein which can be viewed in the museum.
The Historical Library of Quedlinburg, whose holdings were collected in Baroque times, reflects not only the history of Quedlinburg but also the intellectual and cultural history of the entire German speaking realm. Today it is maintained by the museum as a research library. Appointments for access to the holdings in a reading room can be arranged in consultation with the Director of the Historical Library, Margid Reitzammer. (Tel. 03946/ 905686)
The representational rooms of the castle offer insight into the living style of the nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries. The successful restoration of these rooms was carried out so as to authentically reflect their state in the eras of the Baroque and of Classicism.
The Ottonian vaulted cellar of the castle is the site of a comprehensive permanent exhibition, \"Following the Tracks of the Ottonians. The visitor receives introductory information on the history of the fortress castle of Quedlinburg and its Ottonian rulers. The exhibition then focuses on the beginnings of the secular womens imperial collegiate convent, founded by Heinrich I in the year 936, and its historical development. International treasures of art, including, for example, the oldest remains of German stucco decoration (10th century) in the German speaking realm give this room its particular authentic flair. The pursuit of the tracks of the Ottonians in this exhibition leads past the middle ages up into the 19th and 20th centuries. Under the title \"History and Propaganda, the question is posed as to how and why Quedlinburgs medieval history was appropriated and abused, above all, by the National Socialists.
Family Card: 9.00
Castle Hill Ticket: 7.00
(Entitles the visitor in addition to a visit in the Collegiate Convent Church as well as to either the Klopstock House or the \"Ständerbau
Culture Card: 8.50
(Entitles the visitor in addition to a visit in the Klopstock House and in the \"Ständerbau)
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday- Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00
Closed on Monday throughout the year