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MEISSEN® Experience 

The many facets of MEISSEN – Located right next to the manufactory, the House of MEISSEN® combines museum, showroom, and a demonstration workshop in one.

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Manufactory

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.

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„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.“

Museum

Museum

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.

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Demonstration Workshops

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.

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„Handcrafted porcelain – To this day, all Meissen porcelain is made using traditional techniques and methods, in keeping with its artisanal traditions.“

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Cuisine

The Café in the foyer of the House of MEISSEN® serves contemporary cuisine that is regionally inspired. The menu changes monthly and features Mediterranean-influenced dishes, Saxon classics, and specialities from the region. The menu also features delicious rosé, white, and red wines from regional wineries as well as beers from local breweries. For coffee or afternoon tea, the café offers a variety of pastries and cakes, including the signature, Meißner Torte, featuring Meissen’s Crossed Swords. All dishes are served on delicate Meissen porcelain. While no ticket is needed to visit Café MEISSEN®, groups of 10 or more are kindly asked to make a reservation in advance. For private events, we’re happy to send a customised offer.

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Creative Workshop

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. To provide inspiration and give a glimpse into the many creative possibilities of porcelain, the workshop will be preceded by a short tour through the Demonstration Workshops, in which the most important steps of production are demonstrated by Meissen artisans.

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Shopping

After visiting the museum and our Demonstration Workshops, the House of 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.

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16.06.2019 | 09:30 Uhr | daily audio-guided tours
daily audio-guided tours

Daily possible in 14 languages

Chinese, Danish, German, English, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Czech

16.06.2019 | 10:40 Uhr | guided tour through our demonstration workshop
guided tour through our demonstration workshop

From Good Friday to 31 October, we offer personal guided tours through our Demonstration Workshop five times daily. No prior registration required.

The guided tours take place every hour from 10:40 to 14:40 every.

Price plus admission

16.06.2019 | 15:00 Uhr | Tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate – the three hot pleasurable drinks
Tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate – the three hot pleasurable drinks

Tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate are prepared in the style of the 18th century, illustrating the history of three luxuriant court staples that influenced the development of Meissen porcelain


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Events for Children

The House of MEISSEN® offers a variety of events and workshops
that allow children to experience porcelain in a playful way:
from safaris and rallies in the museum to cooking and etiquette classes.

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