Old UniversityUniversity Museum

Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

The ground floor of the Old University building, constructed between 1712 and 1728, houses the University Museum. Its three chambers offer an exciting tour through the history of Germany’s oldest university.

The first chamber covers the age of the Electors Palatine from the founding of the university in 1386 to its handover to Baden in 1803. The age of romanticism and the establishment of the modern natural sciences are addressed in the next chamber. Finally, the last chamber examines the events of the 20th century, such as the university’s first admissions of women students and the role of the university in the Third Reich.

Guided audio tours are available upon request in both German and English.


Current Note – Great Hall and University Museum

Access to the University Museum will be through the Student Prison at Augustinergasse 2. Please reserve a time slot in advance to avoid long waits. The Great Hall is accessible from 10am to 4pm as long as it is not occupied otherwise. It is mandatory to wear a mask on visits (medical or FFP2).


Old University, University Museum
Grabengasse 1
69117 Heidelberg


Opening Hours

Wed – Sat 10 am – 1:45 pm | 2:15 pm – 6 pm (Great Hall until 4 pm)
4 October 2022 closed

from 17 October 2022 until 31. October 2022:
Tue – Sat 10 am – 1:45 pm | 2:15 pm – 6 pm (Great Hall until 4 pm)


Combiticket adults 4,00 EUR Combiticket reduced 3,50 EUR The combination ticket includes the Studentenkarzer, the University Museum and the special exhibition.