Unique of its kind, Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum is devoted exclusively to jewellery and its history. Some 2,000 exhibits bear witness to the rich diversity of jewellery created over the course of five millennia. In addition, special exhibitions spotlight individual facets of this fascinating subject, thus giving visitors an opportunity to repeatedly rediscover the museum.
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From antiquity to the present day The main focus of the permanent exhibition is on treasures from classical antiquity, the Renaissance and Art Nouveau periods, a comprehensive ring collection and contemporary art jewellery creations, plus pieces that illustrate the history of the jewellery industry in Pforzheim, the »City of Gold«.
From all corners of the globe Ethnographic jewellery from the Eva and Peter Herion Collection provides insights into the forms of adornment in non-European, non-Western civilizations like the indigenous peoples of Namibia or the Middle East.
»Jewels« on a chain: pocket watches In addition to the museum’s own timepieces, exquisitely crafted pocket watches from the collection accumulated by the Pforzheim watch manufacturer Philipp Weber, and on permanent loan from the Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw, bear witness to the artistry of watchmakers and goldsmiths in the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as the technical advances in watch mechanics and changing fashions.
The Reuchlinhaus: an architectural gem The Reuchlinhaus was inaugurated in 1961 as Pforzheim’s municipal cultural centre. Designed in the »International Style« by the architect Manfred Lehmbruck, the structure is a tribute to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and still ranks, as it did back then, among Europe’s architecturally most intriguing museum buildings in Europe.
The café and museum shop The Jewellery Museum’s café gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy a view of the municipal gardens while treating themselves to coffee and cake or a lunch break. Groups are recommended to make a reservation. A variety of publications and gifts themed around jewellery are available at the museum shop.
Guided tours for groups by appointment
60 minutes guided tour
90 minutes guided tour
Hours of operation
How to find us
How to get there
By public transport
From the main train station, the Jewelry Museum can be reached by bus lines 3 and 742 (get off at the Jahn-/Bleichstraße stop) and 4, 41 and 666 (get off at the Jewelry Museum stop).
Freeway A8 from Karlsruhe:
At the Pforzheim-West exit, take Karlsruher/Wilferdinger Straße (B10) in the direction of the city center, then follow the signs to "Schmuckmuseum".
Freeway A8 from Stuttgart:
At the Pforzheim-Ost exit, take Eutinger Straße (B19) toward the city center, then follow the signs for "Schmuckmuseum."
B 463 from the south
Follow the B 463 in the direction of the city center, then follow the signs to "Schmuckmuseum".
On the opposite side of the street from the museum there are numerous car parking spaces for which a fee is charged. There is also a bus parking lot there, others are, for example, near the municipal theater.