A hilltop overlooking the marketplace of the town of Sondershausen forms the setting for the residential palace of the counts and princes of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.
Rulers of the northern Thuringian town of Sondershausen since the 14th century, the Schwarzburgs erected a Renaissance palace here in 1534, incorporating an existing medieval castle. In subsequent centuries the palace would be extended and remodelled several times.
As an architectural ensemble with stables and neighbouring octagonal building, Sondershausen Palace today bears eloquent witness to a long structural history reaching from the Renaissance to 19th-century Eclecticism.
Another attraction in the museum’s collection is an assortment of Abtsbessingen faience ware from the 18th century. The largest collection of this type in Germany features original tureens and jars in the shape of fruits and animals, pieces from prestigious sets of china, as well as examples of series production.
Bibliophilic rarities, such as the travel manuscript of the Baron of Mörsperg (1604) round out the wide-ranging offerings.