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.
Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round From March to Oct: 9 am – 6 pm From Nov to Feb: 10 am – 17 pm
And Peace on Earth
1 December 2018 to 28 October 2019
The annual exhibition recalls the time of the freedom movement in the late 19th century until Karl May’s death in 1912, and contextualises it with the freedom movements of our time. What did Karl May think about this and how is it expressed in his writing? Which religious symbols are used and how do characters like Winnetou behave in this context?…. learn more
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. … learn more
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
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