The distinguished mansion is one of Heidelberg's most splendid Baroque residences. The museum's attractions include portraits of the Prince Electors, an outstanding collection of coins, and the famous collection of Frankenthal porcelain.
The museum's collections of art and cultural history are located in the Palais Morass built in 1712 by J.A. Breunig for the then administrating chancellor of the Heidelberg University. The distinguished mansion is one of Heidelberg's most splendid Baroque residences. The museum's attractions include portraits of the Prince Electors, an outstanding collection of coins, and the famous collection of Frankenthal porcelain. Another building was added to the museum in 1984.
Visitors now have the advantage of seeing most objects in modern exhibition halls. The archeological division includes prehistoric and early finds from regional sites as well as a copy of the lower jaw of the famous "Homo erectus Heidelbergensis" found in Mauer, close to Heidelberg. Finds from Heidelberg's Roman period are displayed and illustrated as dioramas and models.
The pride of the museum's gallery of sculptures and paintings (15th-20th centuries) is Tilman Riemenschneider's "Windsheim Altar" dated 1509, depicting the Twelve Apostles. Furthermore, art collections focus on the Romantic period and include works of Heidelberg romanticists such as Carl Philipp Fohr, Ernst Fries, Carl Rottmann. Another focal point of the museum is the documentation of Heidelberg's history. Visitors interested in cultural history will also enjoy the collection of costumes and clothes which illustrate the changes of fashion during two centuries within one local family. Also located at the Palais Morass is the "Heidelberger Kunstverein" which focuses on modern art and organizes changing exhibitions of works created by local as well as national and international renowned artists.