Museums
Museum of Lichtenstein/Sa..
the town museum After almost three decades of being closed, the town museum opened its doors in February 1999, presenting a new permanent museum exhibition. In October the following year the attic could be opened, offering a huge area for local and international special exhibitions. Since that time the offices of the employees have also been on the same floor.
Address / Office:  
Museum der Stadt Lichtenstein/Sa.
Ernst-Thälmann-Str. 29
D-09350 Lichtenstein/Sa.

call number: +49 (0)37204 86453
fax number: +49 (0)37204 60291
e-mail address:
 
Opening hours: Admission charge:
Saturday and Sunday: 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

and after consultation.
Adults 2,00 €
Children (over 7), pupils, students, handicapped persons 1,00 €
School classes, per person  0,50 €
Families with children (until the age of 18) 4,00 €
Children until the age of 6  free

Visitors possessing the customer card of the Stadtwerke Lichtenstein GmbH get a 25 per cent reduction .
Local souvenirs can be bought at the cashier's office of the museum:
Anybody, who wants to buy pictures and books as presents for their friends and relatives may have a look at them at the cashier's desk of the museum or information office and do so.

The following histories of buildings are available:

No. 1: Castle No. 2: Vault
No. 3: Palais No. 4: Estates of the "Rümpf"
No. 5: Alberthöhe No. 6: No.1 Chemnitzer Straße
No. 7: Ratskeller No. 8: Doll Museum
No. 9: Mohrenapotheke (a chemist's shop) No. 10: Hospital
No. 11: ALROWA No. 12: Restaurant "Centralhalle", No.1 Badergasse
No. 13: No.24 Hartensteiner Straße No. 14: Youth hostel
No. 15: Cinema No. 16: Savings bank
No. 17: Gymnastics Club, Kindergarten - No.11 Sonnenwinkel No. 18: Stocking factory Bahner – Esda, Bahnhofstraße
No. 19: Inn, weaving mill, theatre – No.11 Neumarkt No. 20: Local Court, Town Hall, crèche, library – No.8 Glauchauer Straße
No. 21: The Town Hall in Callnberg, No. 4 Poststraße
Books on offer:
book on offer: Lichtenstein at Saxony    Lichtenstein in Sachsen
Lichtenstein at Saxony from Anne-Sophie Günther, Manageress of Museum

bound - publisher: Sutton
publication date: May 2004
ISBN: 3897026198

book on offer: Lichtenstein - a rising culture centre open to the world! Lichtenstein - Vital und weltoffen
Lichtenstein - a rising culture centre open to the world!

hardback - publisher: Biber
ISBN: 3980702561

The permanent exhibition contains the following topics:
 · Beginnings of town history Also see the exhibition part craft
 · The castle turns into a palace
 · Schönburg Lords, Earls and Princes in Lichtenstein
 · Ecclesiastical history
 · From craft to industry
Also see the exhibition part craft
 · The post and ancient bicycles
Since the second half of the 18th century the postman went to Glauchau, later also to Zwickau two times a week. It is said that the bicycle (then still without pedals) was used on the way to Zwickau between 1820 and 1832.
The post and ancient bicycles
 · Callnberg – New town on manorial ground
 · Club life
 ·   Important persons of Lichtenstein
Martin Götze – sculptor
Prof. Dr. Karl Max Schneider – breeder of lions and ethologist
Special topics:
 · Burial customs of the guilds
Burial customs of the guildsCollection of coffin ragsA collection of coffin rags is connected with the burial customs of the guilds. The coffin of a deceased member of a guild was decorated with mourning vestments: The coffin cloth covered the bier. The plates of the different guilds, some of which came into the museum later, were attached to it. One can also see a cross of the 17th century, which lay on the coffin.
 ·   Chenille
In the Paris of the 1870s, a person from Lichtenstein/Sa. got to know the product chenille, a special yarn, which is also called caterpillar yarn because of its hairy composition. He is supposed to have brought the fabrication technique of the yarn, which the French had been using for the production of silk since the 17th century, to Lichtenstein/Sa. and Germany for the first time. The museum illustrates this special weaving technique e.g. by showing a cutting tool for chenille and different products. Besides the factories in the Bohemian region, Lichtenstein/Sa. belonged to the most important centres of chenille production in Central Europe.
 
Museum of local history in the Gerth-Thurm.

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Museum of local history in the Gerth-Thurm (tower)The "Gerth-Thurm (tower)" received its name after his latest owner, Richard Gerth. In former times it belonged to a stud farm with almost 26 hectares, 8 ponds, 2 quarries and 1 peat hole.
Museum of local history in the Gerth-Thurm (tower)From 1616 to 1920 it belonged to the property of the Vogel family. This is a rare case of a long - 304 year heredity within one family. The building, similar to a tower, was first documented as a warehouse in 1716. The building is supposed to have been built in 1450. After a fire the roof was rebuilt shortly after 1720, whereas, strangely enough, the burnt wood construction was left below the new.

Interesting things in the house and the garden:

  • Museum of local history in the Gerth-Thurm (tower)an orthopaedic horseshoe collection of the village smith Jacobi
  • an old iron chest with 12 locks (about 1830)
  • a rocking bath tub including steam maker
  • 3 sample cases from the wood wool factory Klemm St. Edigien (1895)
  • 2 big, decorated stove tiles (unique pieces - about 1800)
  • a skat cards cleaning machine

Many more things of cultural and historical value going back to 4 centuries are shown in 10 exhibition rooms.

Opening hours: Address: Special guide:
Every first Saturday and Sunday of the month (except December and January)
1 to 6 pm
Lungwitzer Straße 77
D-09356 St. Egidien
Please contact Mr. Gottfried Keller call number: +49 (0)37204 5275 or the municipal administration St. Egidien call number: +49 (0)37204 7600