German tin figure museum

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The German Tin Figure Museum is a museum for tin figures in the Kulmbacher Plassenburg . With over 300,000 figures, it is considered the largest tin figure museum in the world.


The museum was initiated in 1929 by the publisher August Bonneß from Potsdam. 1931 40 miniatures were already dioramas shown on German history. The collection was continuously expanded. At the end of the war in 1945 the museum was looted, most of the collection units were almost completely destroyed. In 1953 the first showrooms were reopened.


In the arsenal of the castle, historically significant and everyday scenes can be viewed in 170 dioramas on several floors . The exhibits shown form a cross-section of the collection and show many older pieces by well-known and less well-known tin figure publishers.

Particularly noteworthy is the diorama of the conquest of Kulmbach on Konraditag , November 26, 1553. With over 19,500 figures, the "black day of Kulmbach" comes to life again, when the troops of the imperial city of Nuremberg in league with the dioceses of Bamberg and Würzburg after a long siege City of Kulmbach conquered and almost completely destroyed.


Casting demonstrations or other events specific to pewter figures are offered at irregular intervals.


  • Klaus Gerteis , Wolfgang Mössner (Ed.): 75 years of the German Tin Figure Museum. History of the tin figure - history with tin figures. Friends of Plassenburg, Kulmbach 2004, ISBN 3-925162-22-4 .
  • Harald Kebbel u. a .: German tin figures museum Kulmbach-Plassenburg. Braunschweig 1980.
  • Museum Pedagogical Center Munich (Ed.): German Tin Figure Museum Plassenburg Kulmbach - Entrances to the museum. MPZ, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-934554-11-3 .

Web links

Commons : Plassenburg Zinnfiguren Museum  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 50 ° 6 ′ 29.6 ″  N , 11 ° 27 ′ 48.4 ″  E