Goethesalon im GoetheStadtMuseum
© Thomas Wolf, Gotha

GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau

The GoetheStadtMuseum (GSM) in Ilmenau is a vibrant place of exchange between the past and the future. Collecting, preserving and exhibiting form the heart of our work. The museum is based on the current quality standards established by the German Museum Association and we aim to provide our visitors with experience, knowledge and entertainment in a unique atmosphere. We are particularly happy to welcome school visits and families.


As a local history museum, our procurement work is primarily aligned with the subjects of our town's history. The work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Ilmenau; his ministerial duty; his efforts in reviving the mining industry alongside his scientific research and his poetry form a strong thematic focus of the museum. But not only Goethe, as one of Germany's most historically important personalities, defines our range of topics. In addition to the once-flourishing copper and silver mining industry; the long lasting porcelain production; the former therapeutic baths business and the technical glass industry with its internationally-recognised inventions and the local educational tradition, culminating in today's university, are the key aspects of our research and communication work.

Our extensive, well-composed collection forms the basis for the alternating, remarkable exhibitions regarding various aspects of Ilmenau's town history.

The museum team cordially invites you to stroll through our permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions.

Opening hours

Winter opening hours 1st Nov. - 30th Apr.
Monday & Tuesday closed
Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm cet./cest.
Public Holidays 10am - 4pm cet./cest.
1st Jan., 24th Dec. & 31th Dec. closed
Summer opening hours 1st May - 31th Oct.
Monday closed
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm cet./cest.
Public Holidays 10am - 5pm cet./cest.

Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time.


Ticket Prices

Adults (including Pensioners) 6,00 €
(pupils, students, trainees, disabled persons, volunteers, welfare recipients of Ilmenau)
3,00 €
Children up to 14 years + one accompanying person per child
Groups of at least 10 people
Shared Ticket
4,00 €
Groups of at least 10 people (reduced)
Shared Ticket
2,00 €

Combination ticket
for one person, allowing entry to these three museums GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau, Museum Jagdhaus Gabelbach & Museum Goethehaus Stützerbach

12,00 €
Annual Ticket (12 months)
for one person, unlimited access to these three museums
GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau, Museum Jagdhaus Gabelbach & Museum Goethehaus Stützerbach
22,00 €

Thüringer Wald Card (weitere Informationen unter www.thueringer-waldcard.de)

3,00 €

weimar card plus (weitere Informationen here)

Members of
International Council of Museums (ICOM), 
German Museum Association,
Museum Association Thuringia e.V.,
"Förder- und Freundeskreis Goethemuseum und Goethegesellschaft Ilmenau-Stützerbach e. V." and "Förderverein 'GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau' e. V."

Entry to special exhibitions is included in the ticket price.

Groups, espacially school classes and tourist groups, are asked for reservation, even if no guided tour is required.


Guided Tours

Would you like to book a tour? Just ask in the Ilmenau tourist information office.

Telephone: 03677 600 300
Email: stadtinfo@ilmenau.de
Address: Am Markt 1, 98693 Ilmenau



WEB-Audioguide auf eigenem Smartphone

Do you want to know more about our exhibition? Use our digital Audioguide with the help of your own smartphone - whether during your virtual visit or on site.

No app is required to use it, you olny need to follow the link. To change the language, click the earth icon below.

Please don't forget to bring along your own headphones for an undisturbed experience on site.


Visitor address:
GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau
Am Markt 1 (Amtshaus)
98693 Ilmenau

Tel.: +49 3677 600 321 (Museum exhibition)

Postal address:
Stadtverwaltung Ilmenau
Am Markt 7
98693 Ilmenau

Museum administration:
Am Markt 1 (Amtshaus)
room 345 and 346
Tel.: +49 3677 600 509
E-Mail: museum@ilmenau.de