The Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum) is among the largest cultural institutions run by the City of Heidelberg.
In the heart of Heidelberg's Old Town it is an ideal place to unwind with its beautiful inner courtyard and garden. As soon as visitors pass through the archway of the Morass Palace, where the museum is mostly located, a journey through time awaits them: from ancient and prehistoric archaeological findings, through the beautifully furnished period rooms of the palace, all the way up to works from the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries in the painting gallery. Unique collections in the Painting, Graphics and Sculptures, Handicraft, Archaeology and City History departments offer fascinating insights into art and art history.
The extensive collection of Frankenthal porcelain and the spectacular silverware belonging to the last Electress Palatine, Elisabeth Augusta, are testament to the prestigious court held in the Palatinate of the 18th century. These treasures are matched by the paintings of prominent protagonists of the Palatinate. None less than Gerrit van Honthorst painted the Winter King Frederick V and his wife Elizabeth Stuart. Next to them are Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess of the Palatinate, and the court jester Perkeo. An extensive collection of Dutch paintings and works from the Heidelberg romanticists are further highlights of the collection.
The Archaeology department's collection is displayed over two floors and dates back many centuries. Heidelberg's rich history is documented from the Palaeolithic Age with the lower jaw of Homo Heidelbergensis through to the days of the royal residence of the Electoral Palatinate. The largest room by far is dedicated to the Roman Age. Yet visitors can also gain a vivid impression of society in the Early Middle Ages thanks to the wealth of Alemannic/Frankish jewellery, weapons and earthenware grave goods. A separate room is dedicated to the most significant cultural monument in the North Baden region, the Heiligenberg.