Museums

The historico-cultural Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum is a jewel of Baden-Württemberg's museum scenery. It is based on the valuable collection that was assembled by the Historical Association for Württembergian Franconia since 1851. The museum was modernised since the 1980s and vastly extended across seven connected buildings around the Keckenturm, dating from the Staufen age.

The Hohenlohe open-air museum, founded in 1979, is located in the district of Wackershofen - the ideal museum for the family. You will discover more than 50 old and faithfully rebuilt buildings in that museum village, furnished with original pieces of furniture. The rural culture, the life of our forefathers is made understandable here.

Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder opened the Kunsthalle Würth arts gallery in 2001 that has since been presenting temporary exhibitions of internationally valued artworks from the Würth collection. A must for arts and architecture afficionados! Another highlight is the completely restored Hospitalers' church, opened in 2008 as a branch of the Kunsthalle Würth, including its top-class collection of old masters and the impressive roof framework from 1401. The famous Virgin of Mercy by Hans Holbein the Younger has been on display there since 2012.

The medieval churches of Saint Michael, Saint Catharine and Saint Urban are most rewarding destinations. The former Benedictine monastery of Grosscomburg castle, including the Saint Nicholas collegiate church (with the Romanesque wagon-wheel chandelier and the altar frontal!) and Kleincomburg castle (Saint Aegidius) in the district of Steinbach belong to the prominent places of interest in Schwäbisch Hall.

The fire brigade museum with its extensive collection is run by a committed honorary team.

The Emil Schmidt finer's house opened 2006, documenting 100 years of workshop history.

The heritage of painter Dieter Franck (1909-1980) has been made accessible to the public in the Dieter Franck House in 2007. Varying presentations, curated by his daughter Felicitas Franck, give insights into Dieter Franck's works: paintings, watercolours, printing graphics and drawings.

The airfield museum on the former barrack area of Camp Dolan (Hessental) documents the history of the Schwäbisch Hall airfield from 1934-1993.

The Concentration Camp Hessental memorial reminds of a dark chapter in history, as well as the Star integrated into the marketplace (memory of the Reichskristallnacht). Boards at the former synagogue in Steinbach and the Jewish oratory, at Obere Herrngasse, as well as the 'stumbling blocks' distributed in the centre, warn against oblivion.