The Museum of the Bavarian Vogtland

Guilds, citizens, Biedermeier – and German history that still affects us today.

After the Second World War, Hof became a shelter for many refugees who lost their homes in the Germany’s eastern territory or in East Europe. This piece of history is exemplarily being worked through by the Museum of the Bavarian Vogtland in Hof.

The museum has been in existence since 1910; it accrued due to private collections by members of the North Upper Franconian society for nature study, history and regional studies until it was passed into the town’s possession. It is situated – with its natural-historical and historico-cultural exhibits – in the buildings of the former hospital from the 18th century; the new building is used for the special exhibition “Refugees and Expellees”.

The natural history exhibitions comprise almost all the birds and mammals in Europe as well as reptiles and amphibians in Germany and insects, fossils, minerals and rocks in North Upper Franconia. The historico-cultural and econo-historical sections take you as far as the year 1989 when the border between the DDR and West Germany was opened. The section “History of the Town and Landscape” shows documents and objects from all cultural and econo-historical epochs of the Bavarian Vogtland.

The section “trade and crafts” treats the subjects of workshops and production sites besides historic guilds, trades and crafts. A big hall with tools and machines for the production of textiles and a diverse range of products show that Hof was a town of the textile business and later on even of the large-scale industry. Another hall portrays rural and middle-class domestic culture during several centuries.

A special wing is deals with the topic “refugees and expellees” within a modern and new section of the permanent exhibition. More than 400 exhibits of unique historic value are presented on three levels.

The exhibition exemplarily portrays the refugees’ and expellees’ story of arrival and their integration in West Germany using the example of the Hof region. It also generally informs understandably about the reasons and the process of flight, expulsion and forced resettlement. It demonstrates the importance of the events within the cultural memory of the Federal Republic.

Contact us

Museum Bayerisches Vogtland
Sigmundsgraben 6
95028 Hof

<p>Telefon </p> +49 9281 8152700
Telefax  +49 9281 815872702
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Entry Times

Tuesday - Sunday      10.00 - 16.00

Brief information about the museum

An information board in the courtyard of the hospital  gives per QR-Code a brief overview on the history of the museum.
Brief informations about the museum see here.


View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower is worth-while the climb of the 152 steps. At a height of 32 m one has a wonderful view of the city.

The tower is accessible in the summer months during the opening hours of the tourist information. There you can also get the key.