City Museum in the Prince Max Palais

The Karlsruhe City Museum is located in the rooms of the Prince Max Palais (Karlstraße 10). The museum offers guided tours through the permanent collection. Alternatively, check out the changing schedule of special exhibitions.

The museum showcases Karlsruhe’s history over an area of 800 square metres with staged scenes to depict living conditions in former times. Architectural models show the development of the fan-shaped city as it was constructed. One section of the exhibition is dedicated to the region as it was before the city was founded, while another area shows the Rhine port and the period of industrialisation.

A variety of images at the museum illustrate the lives and careers of notable personalities from the city’s history, such as the city’s founder, the grand dukes, the mayors and famous inventors native to the city. Further images depict daily life for the city’s citizens in past centuries. The exhibition room on the Third Reich features Nazi regime propaganda, evidence of the persecution of political opponents and minorities, and the after-effects of World War II in Karlsruhe. The 50s cinema brings post-war life in Karlsruhe back to life. The second floor of the building hosts special City Museum exhibitions.


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Corona Virus

Important Information

Due to the official measures implemented by the State of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe to limit the spreading of COVID-19, Karlsruhe’s public life is currently facing severe restrictions. Cultural institutions, hotels and events are especially affected by this. Please refer directly to their individual websites for up-to-date information.

The City’s shopping facilities are also very limited at the moment. Only essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies or banks remain open to the public. Opening times may vary from those advertised on this site.

Our tourist information office located on Kaiserstraße 72-74 is closed for the public as well until further notice. You can still reach us either by phone +49 721/602 997 580 or by email

The city of Karlsruhe provides up-to-date information on the corona crisis at or by phone +49 721/133-3333.

On a lighter note: if you feel like clearing your mind, go ahead and continue exploring the beautiful aspects of Karlsruhe through our digital offers at (only available in German).

Stay healthy, and stay tuned!

Best wishes from all the staff at KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH and KME Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH