Welcome to the Karl May Museum in the city of Radebeul!

Karl May (1842-1912), the creator of immortal novel heroes such as Winnetou, the brave and noble Apache chief, and his blood brother Old Shatterhand, is one of the most famous and best-selling German writers of all time with about 200 million copies worldwide.

He is best known for his adventure novels set in the American Old West and in the Orient and Middle East. His works have been translated into more than 45 languages.

Our Karl May Museum was established in Karl May’s former home where our visitors can explore his eventful life and literary work, and immerse themselves in the adventurous world of the author from Saxony. May himself had “Villa Shatterhand” fitted to the façade in golden lettering, as if to visibly announce to all visitors: this is where the famous author and world traveller Dr Karl May lives.

The over 90-year-old Villa Bärenfett log cabin houses a collection on the cultural and historical living environments of the indigenous population of North America that is unique in Europe. Karl May’s widow Klara had it built as an illustration of May’s work.

We look forward to your visit!

Besucherinformationen

Karl May Museum

Karl-May-Str. 5
01445 Radebeul

Our admission prices

Adults: € 9 / Reduced admission: € 7
Children: € 3 / Family ticket: € 20

Contact:

info@karl-may-museum.de
Phone + 49 (0) 351 8373010

Our opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round
From March to Oct: 9 am – 6 pm
From Nov to Feb: 10 am – 17 pm

Showcase exhibition

Showcase exhibition "Winnetou lives...!": bill, 1940

Winnetou lives…! 80 years of Karl May in Rathen

22 April to 28 October 2018

The special show looks back at the fascinating history of Germany’s oldest Karl May Festival, which has been held at the Felsenbühne open-air stage in Rathen near Dresden since 1938…. learn more

News

Guided tour through the museum

Museum guides wanted!

Especially English, Czech and Polish speakers

We are looking for motivated staff for conducting guided museum tours and educational services. Are you interested? …
simply contact us for further information

Guided Tours

Adventure guided tour with Old Shatterhand himself

Guided tours

Adventure walkthroughs & tours for adults and school children

Let us take you into the marvellous world of imagination of the famous author Karl May and explore the cultural and historical living environments of the indigenous population of North America. …
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For kids

Face wall "Winnetou & Old Shatterhand" in the museum park

Children’s birthday parties

Adventure tour & craft programme

Celebrate the best day of the year with all of your friends in our museum and dive into the world of the North American Indians! Just choose your favourite handicraft programme. …
selection of programmes

Shop

Karl May's compositions CD

Check out our online shop!

Gift ideas, literature for kids, ornaments, postcards & more

Our museum shop offers you a wide range of Karl May’s works as well as literature on the author, the museum and the topics covered by the Karl May Museum in German. …
online shop

Vision – New Karl May Museum

Become a blood brother!

Your donation for the expanding & redesigning of the Karl May Museum

We can only complete a reconstruction project of this size with you! As a result, we are asking for your help. By making a donation, you become a blood brother of the Karl May Museum and help us gradually implement these plans. … learn more

Karl May Museum

Karl-May-Str. 5
01445 Radebeul

Our admission prices

Adults: € 9 / Reduced admission: € 7
Children: € 3 / Family ticket: € 20

Contact:

info@karl-may-museum.de
Phone + 49 (0) 351 8373010

Our opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round
From March to Oct: 9 am – 6 pm
From Nov to Feb: 10 am – 17 pm

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