Closure due to COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the rising 7-day incidence in the district of Tübingen, the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg will close again from Good Friday, 2 April 2021 until further notice. Interested visitors have the opportunity to gain insights into the current special exhibition "In our Soil. Grave finds of the early Middle Ages in the Southwest". The treasures from the Sülchenkirche will also continue to be presented in video sequences.

Safety measures during your visit

The usual hygiene rules and the distance requirement of at least 1.5 metres apply throughout the museum. Guidance through the exhibition is on a one-way system. Wearing a mouth-nose protection is obligatory in all areas.

New digital offerings of the Diocesan Museum

In the wake of the ongoing lockdown, many of the Diocesan Museum’s lectures and tours cannot currently take place as face-to-face events. The museum is therefore offering new online formats.

Dr. Martina Terp-Schunter will open the series with an online lecture on gold-leaf crosses as signs of faith on March 7, 2021, at 3 pm. Terp-Schunter will address the various beliefs in the 6th and 7th centuries in another contribution. The lecture by PD Dr. Lukas Werther will deal with the development of landscape, agriculture and nutrition in the early Middle Ages. Finally, Dr. Beate Schmid will speak about the settlement of Sülchen, its early church and its development.

The museum’s events that are independent of the special exhibition will also be made available online in the coming weeks. For example, the content of the lecture “Burden or Enrichment? On dealing with ecclesiastical art heritage” by Dr. Melanie Prange in a chapel talk. This is available as a recording.

Short contributions on works of art in the Sülchenkirche shed light on the long history of the venerable site.

The museum thus opens its doors digitally and allows versatile insights into current questions and new research.

Please check the museum’s homepage for daily updates.


Speakers / Topics:

Dr. Martina Terp-Schunter (Director of the vhs Mühlacker and the museums of the city of Mühlacker).
“Everything in flux – worlds of belief in the 6th and 7th centuries”.
The terms “ancient”, “Germanic” or “Christian” express the tension between the historical as well as religious influences in the region of the Upper Gaea, because especially the early Middle Ages were characterized by several beliefs, sometimes overlapping or practiced in parallel. Faith was constantly redefining itself: both in its lived forms and in the resulting archaeological traces.
Recording available.

PD Dr. Lukas Werther (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Archaeology of the Middle Ages, Department of Medieval Archaeology).
“From the field to the table – archaeological research perspectives on landscape, agriculture and food in southwestern Germany in the early and high Middle Ages”.
The development of landscape, agriculture and food is a central field of research in medieval archaeology. However, not only archaeological sources, but also bio- and geo-archives allow diverse insights into this complex of topics so essential for early and high medieval man. In the lecture, central results and developments in southwestern Germany will be shown, but also new methods and research questions will be presented and their relevance for the present will be highlighted.
Online lecture, April 11, 2021, 3 p.m.
Please register for this by April 8 via our booking system under the heading “Exhibitions” or by mail (

Dr. Beate Schmid (State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in the RP Stuttgart, Department 84.2)
“Sülchen – Church and Village”
Date and format to be announced.

Dr. Melanie Prange (Director of the Diocesan Museum, Diocesan Conservator).
Chapel Talk:
“Burden or enrichment? On dealing with ecclesiastical art heritage.”
Recording available.

“Sülchen’s treasures”
Andrea Bachmann M.A., Matthias Raidt Dipl.-Theol. / M.A., Jörg Widmann M.A., Matthias Reuter.
Online now.