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Maulbronn Monastery

Exhibit in the Frühmesserhaus (house for the monk conducting early mass), Maulbronn Monastery. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Elena Hahn
MONASTERY HISTORY TIMES THREE

THE MONASTERY MUSEUMS

Maulbronn Monastery has much more to discover than just the rooms of monks and students. Several museums explore unusual topics related to the history of the monastery and its inhabitants.

Model of the monastery complex in the information center at Maulbronn Monastery. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Julia Haseloff

Model of the monastery complex in the information center at Maulbronn Monastery.

INFORMATION CENTER AND MUSEUM IN THE COOPERAGE

The ground floor of the cooperage houses the information center, the monastery ticket office and a gift shop. The large model of the monastery is the meeting spot for all monastery tours. The museum on the second floor teaches visitors about Maulbronn's post-monastic period. Topics include: the monastery's reformation, the Maulbronn monastic school and Maulbronn's importance as an art monument.

MONASTERY MUSEUM IN THE FRÜHMESSERHAUS

The museum with the large fireplace on the ground floor of the Frühmesserhaus presents an impressive founders panel from around 1450. Images and text on the panel tell the story of the founding of Maulbronn and pay homage to the founders of the monastery. In addition to details on the monastery, visitors can also find information on the Cistercian order, their economic structures and the musical tradition, as well as monastic life in the Middle Ages.

Bernhard von Clairvaux kneels before the enthroned Mother Mary with child and offers the church, left inside wing of founders panel, oil on wood, 1450. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer
Bishop Gunther von Speyer and Sir Walter von Lomersheim appeal to Mary to accept the church as an offering, right inside of founders panel, oil on wood, 1450. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer
Cistercians (in white habits) at the construction of the church, left outside wing of founders panel, oil on wood, 1450. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Scenes from the founders panel: Bernhard von Clairvaux kneels before Mary, the founders offer Mary the church, construction of the monastery church (left to right).

Masonry work displayed in the cellarium at Maulbronn Monastery. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Niels Schubert

In the cellarium.

THE LAPIDARIUM IN THE CELLARIUM

A lapidarium is a collection of original masonry work. The stone fragments displayed here all originate from Maulbronn. Together with tools and information on medieval construction methods, they offer a glimpse into the architectural history of the monastery. The exhibit area, the cellarium, was once the monastery's storeroom. The double-naved vaulted hall is deeply recessed and is directly adjacent to the monastery church.

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