Permanent Exhibition

The Museums permanent Exhibition is structured into 4 subject Areas:

  • Gottfried Silbermann - Life and Work
  • Andreas and Johann Andreas Silbermann in Alsace
  • History of Town and Castle
  • Post and Railway History

Gottfried Silbermann - Life and Work

A large part of the Exhibition is dedicated to Saxony's most important organ builder: Gottfried Silbermann. Besides documentation detailing his life and some of his organs, visitors can also get to know the Queen of Instruments more intimately and find out some of the secrets of the High Art of Organ-building.
The Museum is home to a working organ, a replica by Kristian Wegscheider. The original was built by Silbermann in 1732/33 for the village church in Etzdorf and is located today in the crypt of Bremen Cathedral.
The organ in Frauenstein is the star of a regular concert series . It can also be booked for organ recitals with one of the local organists.

Andreas and Johann Andreas Silbermann in Alsace

The second part of the permanent exhibition is dedicated to the Alsatian branch of the Silbermann - Family: Andreas and Johann Andreas. On show are exhibits detailing the establishment and achievements of this organ building dynasty, also is presented a comprehensive overview of the organs which have been created by these gifted craftsmen.

History of Town and Castle

The subject Town History describes the mixed fortunes of Frauenstein's past. Its topics are the erection of the Castle, town fires, resettlement, the siege of the Castle, visit from the Saxon king, local mining (with a small exhibtion of local mineral and ore samples) and local crafts. Visitors can get a picture of the former glory of the castle through a miniature model.
Many visitors enjoy being able to take away a souvenir of the town in the form of a stamp of the historic town crest.

Postal and Railway History

Here visitors can get an impression of how difficult and time-consuming the exchange of news was in the days before email and SMS - this part of the exhibition tells a story of postal mile pillars, the beginnings of a postal service and the first types of telegraph communications.
Railway Lovers will find graphic documentation regarding the historic narrow-gauge railway between Klingenberg/Colmnitz and Frauenstein.