Goethesalon im GoetheStadtMuseum
© Thomas Wolf, Gotha

GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau

Currently our museums are closed.

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

Monday closed
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm cet./cest.
Public Holidays 10am - 5pm cet./cest.
24th Dec., 25th Dec., 26th Dec.  & 1st Jan. closed
31th Dec. 10am - 1pm cet./cest.

Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time.


Ticket Prices

Adults (including Pensioners) €3.00

(pupils, students, trainees, disabled persons, volunteers, welfare recipients of Ilmenau)

Children up to 14 years, accompanied by an adult free

Groups of at least 10 people
Shared Ticket

€2.00 per person

Groups of at least 10 people (Concession)
Shared Ticket

€1.00 per person

Combination ticket
for one person, allowing entry to both museums: GoetheStadtMuseum and Museum Jagdhaus Gabelbach

Thüringer Wald Card (further information)
International Council of Museums Members (ICOM), Deutscher Museumsbund or Museumsverband Thüringen e. V. free

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



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