Monastery Museum Hirsau

Hirsau is the site of over one thousand years of valuable history. One of the most important Benedictine monasteries in the German-speaking world was founded here in the 11th century. During the 900th anniversary of the dedication of the Abbey of St. Peter and Paul in 1991, the city of Calw and the Badisches Landesmuseum founded the Monastery Museum Hirsau.

The museum illuminates the history of the monastery, destroyed during the Palatinate war of succession in 1692, making its intellectual and material culture accessible to visitors. The museum building itself was once part of the medieval monastery complex. Its former splendour and diversity are illustrated by various archaeological finds.

Numerous placards containing texts and images, and high-quality exhibits, provide a comprehensive insight into the over 1,100 years of Hirsau monastery culture, the lives of the monks who lived there, and the local and social history of Hirsau as a health resort in the 19th and 20th centuries. A fragment of a panel painting from around 1480 is one of the monastery's most unique treasures, on display by the St. Aurelius Monastery foundation.

Klostermuseum Hirsau

Calwer Straße 6
75365 Calw-Hirsau

T +49 (0)7051 59015

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View of the Monastery Museum Hirsau with entrance

Monastery Museum Hirsau

Calwer Straße 6, 75365 Calw-Hirsau

  • Adults2,50 Euro
  • Reduced1,50 Euro

Mon closed
1 pm–4 pm
Sat, Sun 12 pm–5 pm
(Information about Monastery Museum Hirsau)

Picture gallery

View of a pulpit in the Hirsau Monastery Museum
Founder's picture of the monastery in Hirsau
View of an old wooden door in the Hirsau Monastery Museum

The locations of the Badisches Landesmuseum