For more than 300 years, Meissen porcelain has only been made in a single location. Initially this was the Albrechtsburg palace, and since the early 1860s it has been the manufactory that was built for expressly this purpose in Triebischtal in the city of Meissen. From mould production and embossing to painting and firing – to this day, every single piece of Meissen porcelain is made by hand in this location, drawing on traditional craftsmanship and the innovative spirit of the present day.DISCOVER
„The Demonstration Workshops at the House of MEISSEN offer unique insights into the artisanal techniques employed by Meissen’s craftsmen to create its delicate porcelain.“
Built in 1916 in the style of a Neoclassical banquet hall, the Museum of the Meissen Porcelain Foundation is home to a vast collection from the manufactory’s 300 years. The wide variety of pieces on display tell the story of Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory, tracing the development of European table and dining culture in countless exhibits – Kaendler’s opulent 18th-century “Swan Service”, presented in an expansive wall mounting, being one of many highlights. QR codes on many displays offer visitors additional information on historical backgrounds, while Children are invited to explore the museum on a treasure hunt rally. For groups, we recommend booking an exclusive guided tour through the museum and our Demonstration Workshops, available in 11 languages.DISCOVER
In the Demonstration Workshops, visitors can learn about the most important artisanal techniques that go into the creation of Meissen porcelain. The tour begins at the potter’s wheel and continues on to embossing all the way to under- and on-glaze painting. The knowledgeable and very experienced manufactory craftsmen are happy to answer questions about their work and the various production steps. For groups, we recommend to book audio-guided tours through the Museum of the Meissen Porcelain Foundation and Demonstration Workshops in advance, available in 14 languages, or exclusive tours with a personal guide, available in 11 languages.DISCOVER
„Handcrafted porcelain – To this day, all Meissen porcelain is made using traditional techniques and methods, in keeping with its artisanal traditions.“
The café is open to the general public. We ask that groups of 10 or more make reserve in advance. We are happy to prepare tailored packages for private events such as birthdays, company parties, champagne receptions, or conferences.DISCOVER
In Meissen’s creative workshops, participants are given the opportunity to discover porcelain as a creative medium and gain hands-on experience with fundamental techniques – from forming and moulding individual elements to adding decorative paint flourishes such as flowers and leaves.
Under the tutelage of Meissen’s expert artisans, participants will create their own porcelain pieces. Once the work is shaped and decorated, the pieces are handed over to the in-house experts for the final production steps: glazing and firing. Once fired, their finished items will be sent to each workshop participants by post.
This event is in German, booking for groups in English is available, please kindly contact our visitor service.
Do it yourself! Your personal MEISSEN unique piece
Are you looking for a very personal gift or want to drink your coffee from a very individual cup?
Then paint your very own personal handle mug or a Vide- Poche bowl during your MEISSEN visit. After your unique piece has been glazed and fired, we will send it directly to your home. For the painting you can choose between a mug and a Vide- Poche bowl. In this way, you round off your visit at MEISSEN with a very personal and unique work of art.
MEISSEN Mug: 69 EUR per person, incl. shipping within the EU.
Vide-Poche bowl: 39 EUR per person, incl. shipping within the EU.
MEISSEN Mug: 99 EUR per person, incl. shipping to US and Asia.
Vide-Poche bowl: 89 EUR per person, incl. shipping to US and Asia.
Shipping: approx. 2 - 4 weeks until your DIY unique pieces are shipped.
Recommended age: 12 years and older
Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour, depending on your creativity!
Tickets are available at the MEISSEN Store!
Reservations for groups are also welcome!
After visiting the museum and our Demonstration Workshops, the Meissen Store is the first point of contact for everyone interested in taking a piece of the manufactory’s more than 300-year history home with them. Here visitors will find the biggest selection of Meissen products, be it sophisticated table services, beautiful figurines, delicate pieces of porcelain jewellery, pieces from our “Limited Masterworks” collection or one-of-a-kind works of art created in collaboration with external artists. Also on offer are various gift formats and souvenirs from Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory. All products bought here can also be delivered by post.
MEISSEN Store in Meißen:
January - March: Monday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm
April - December: Monday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
31 December & 1 January: 10 am - 4 pm
Closing time: 24 - 26 December
We are looking forward to seeing you!