The Museum of the Palatinate is one of the great cultural institutions of the city of Heidelberg.
Directly behind the baroque archway of the Palais Morass, its ancestral home, a journey through time awaits the visitor: from prehistoric and early historical finds in the Archaeology Department to the beautifully furnished period rooms of the Palais and the works of great artists of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Picture Gallery. Unique holdings in the areas of paintings, graphics and sculptures, arts and crafts, archaeology, and city history offer fascinating insights into art and cultural history.
The extensive collection of Frankenthal porcelain and the spectacular silverware of the last Electress Elisabeth Augusta refer to the glamorous court life in the Electoral Palatinate of the 18th century. These treasures find their counterpart in the paintings of outstanding protagonists of the Electoral Palatinate. None other than Gerrit van Honthorst painted the "Winter King" Frederick V with his wife Elizabeth Stuart. Adjacent are "Liselotte of the Palatinate" and the court jester Perkeo. An extensive collection of Dutch paintings and the paintings of the Heidelberg Romantic period are further highlights of the collection.
On two floors, the Archaeological Department presents its holdings, which date back many millennia. From the Palaeolithic Age with the lower jaw of 'homo heidelbergensis' to the days of the Electoral Palatinate residence, the eventful history of Heidelberg is documented. By far the largest area is occupied by the Roman period. But the visitor also gets a vivid picture of the early medieval society through the multitude of Alemannic/Franconian jewellery, weapons, and tableware. A separate room is dedicated to the most important cultural monument in North Baden, the Heiligenberg.