Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
The handcrafted items – particularly the porcelain and faience works from the Far East and Europe – once belonged to the ducal household and harmonise well with the historical interior design of the castle. Because the original furnishings no longer exist, the rooms are decorated with furniture and artworks from the 18th century and pieces from the ducal art holdings.
The tour begins on the ground floor where visitors can view works of porcelain from Eastern Asia, faience made in Thuringia, and portraits of Duke Ernst August and his family. The displays on the first floor feature exquisite porcelain works from Meissen and products made at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin and the Imperial Manufactory in St. Petersburg. Most of these pieces found their way to Weimar thanks to the dynastic relations of the ducal family.
An exhibition on the ground floor in the west pavilion highlights the architecture and garden culture during the times of Duke Ernst August. In the east pavilion, a collection of 18th-century weapons owned by the ducal family illustrates the history of courtly hunting.