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The Theater Museum in Ludwigsburg Palace

The 18th-century theater in Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the oldest of its kind, complete with original stage machinery!

Blick auf die prachtvolle Theaterbühne
© Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Joachim Feist
Blick hinter die historische Bühnenmaschinerie
© Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg 

Curtain up! The world of Baroque stagecraft

If you want to know what goes on backstage, then visit one of Europe’s oldest royal palace theaters. In today’s Theater Museum, learn how 18th-century audiences were amazed by scene changes that took only seconds, even when the curtain was up! Thanks to clever machinery, a single person could move an entire stage set: a magical use of 18th-century technology. You can try out reconstructions of the original sound machines to create wind, rain and thunder effects. See the oil lamps used for stage lighting; learn about the priceless collection of 140 original backdrops and scenery.

Insider Tips

  • Event tip: Enjoy a live performance in this historic theater during the Ludwigsburg Palace Festival. See history come alive!
  • Extra tip: Free entry to the Theater Museum is included in the admission price for the Palace.

Prices, opening hours & information

Tickets and prices

Free entry to the Theater Museum is included in the admission price for the Palace.

Category Admission price
Adults € 9.00
Reduced rate € 4.50
Family rate € 22.50
Groups of 20 or more (per personen) € 7.70
Private group tours by request

Opening hours

Day of the week Opening hours
Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun & public holidays closed



Ludwigsburg Palace is almost completely barrier-free. Elevators/lifts ensure that those with reduced mobility can visit all floors. The palace provides disabled toilet facilities and two wheelchairs are available for loan to visitors.

Contact us

Theater Museum
Ludwigsburg Palace (Schloss Ludwigsburg)
Schlossstraße 30
71634 Ludwigsburg
Tel: +49 7141 186400
Fax: +49 7141 186450

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