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Elztal Museum Waldkirch

Elztal Museum Waldkirch

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Location: Waldkirch
Suitable for prams: ja

Today's museum, a mighty 3-story castle building, was built between 1753 and 1755 as the provost's office of the Canons' Monastery of St. Margaretha by the architect Ludwig Oswald from Villingen. The statue of Margaret on the central gable of the provost is the work of the sculptor Josef Anton Hops from Villingen. The stucco ceilings were created by the Freiburg plasterer Franz Anton Vogel.

Between 1815 and 1873 the building was used as a cotton weaving mill. Later converted into a hotel, the former provost's house saw such distinguished guests as Kaiser Wilhelm I and his family in 1880. From 1891 to 1977, the palace building housed different types of schools. After extensive restoration, the Elztal Museum with its extensive collection was opened to the public in 1985 in the baroque palace.