Main emphasis of the collection
The history of the pottery craftsmanship in Bürgel is presented in a clearly structured and illustrative (permanent) exhibition. Special exhibitions show the history of the single pottery workshops and manufactories or present single ceramic personalities. We also glance at other pottery centres in Thuringia and Germany as a whole.
The only specialized museum for ceramics in Thuringia already came into being in 1880 as sample collection and was open to the public.
Being one of the oldest ceramics museums at all, particularly the 450 years of pottery tradition in Bürgel is documented.
Further more complementing fields of collection concerning German and Thuringian pottery history are cared for. These are mainly from the second half of the 20th century as well as contemporary ceramics shown at the example of the competitions for the Walter-Gebauer-Ceramics Prize. Nowadays the continuously growing collection stock comprises about 5,500 inventory numbers.
There is a new field of collection with the products of the Dornburg Ceramics Workshop dating of all periods in use by the Bauhaus, further to Otto Lindig and to the the Körtings.