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Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH: The house of fine art and handcrafted luxury

Company Profile

The name Meissen® is synonymous with handcrafted porcelain of exceptional quality. In the Museum of Meissen® Art visitors gain an insight into the world of luxury tableware and the history of porcelain in Europe.
Porcelain, known as “white gold” in Germany, has captivated people for centuries. In 1708 alchemists at the court of Elector August the Strong of Saxonynsucceeded in making porcelain in Europe for the first time. Just two years later the first European porcelain manufactory went into operation at Albrechtsburg Castle in Meißen. Today Meissen Porcelain Manufactory is famous around the world for its luxury tableware, limited art works and craftsmanship of the highest quality. Besides its popular tableware, the company produces limited art editions, interior design concepts, ornaments, jewellery and products to create your own individual world for living. Traditional as well as modern, partly contemporary, aesthetics find new expression in Meissen Porcelain®.

Experience MEISSEN® at the world of experience House MEISSEN®. House MEISSEN® is both shop and cultural attraction and features an extensive collection of Meissen Porcelain® dating from the company’s beginnings in 1710 to the present day. Temporary exhibitions add to the appeal and visitors can watch the skilled artisans practising their craft in the demonstration workshops. Those who want to dine off Meissen Porcelain® can do so in the restaurant and café. As the flagship store, the Meissen® Boutique has the world’s most comprehensive and exclusive selection of Meissen Porcelain®. The outlet store offers the opportunity to buy some Meissen Porcelain® at reduced prices and browse a wide range of top-quality seconds. Exclusive Meissen souvenir items are available from the museum shop.

Meetings and incentive travel
The world of experience – House MEISSEN® offers a wide range of options for hosting seminars, workshops, training courses, product launches, conferences, business events and private functions. Cultural entertainment ranges from tours led by costumed guides to concerts performed on the first organ with Meissen Porcelain® pipes. These can be booked as part of an exclusive supporting programme or as incentive activities. Catering for events is provided by Restaurant MEISSEN®.


Brands / Products / Services

MEISSEN® The house of fine art and handcrafted luxury
Passionate. Unique. Immortal.

MEISSEN Porcelain Manufactory stands for extraordinary and indeed unique craftsmanship. With great passion, MEISSEN® creates exclusive products in the areas of

  • Limited Artworks
  • Architecture and Interiors
  • Jewellery and Gifts

The combination of our own raw materials, mined at Europe’s smallest pit, the top-secret paint laboratory, where about 10,000 different brilliant colour shades are created, lengthy in-house training and the ongoing influence of Asian and European styles on our work – all that contributes to the unique aesthetics typical of MEISSEN®.

The MEISSEN Manufactory has always been keen on setting new artistic standards with innovations. With its new architecture programme and the newly established MEISSEN® artCAMPUS, MEISSEN® has revived the policy of embracing contemporary art adopted by its one-time director general Max Adolf Pfeiffer
Important artists like K. O. Götz and Otto Piene as well as the up-and-coming young Iranian artists Roknaddin and Ramin Haerizadeh have worked with Meissen Porcelain® to create impressive artworks.

MEISSEN® today has about 600 employees and is represented in 300 authorized dealers as well as its own shops in 30 countries.


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Table culture at MEISSEN®
A three-course meal served on famous Meissen Porcelain® services from three centuries provides pleasant insights into table culture past and present. Entertaining stories are shared, circling around table culture, table manners, the delights of the table as well as table arrangements then and now with MEISSEN®.

“Tea, coffee and hot chocolate – the three exotic hot beverages”
Funny and interesting facts about the three exotic hot beverages – tea, coffee and hot chocolateand about the varied shapes of MEISSEN® tableware are presented in an entertaining manner.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate served in a appropriate cup of MEISSEN® porcelain together with a small sweet delicacy, visitors can enjoy the proverbial Saxon “Gemütlichkeit” (cosiness).

Organ recitals
The world’s first organ to feature pipes made of MEISSEN® porcelain is a consummate example of porcelain art.

Augustus the Strong, founder of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, had commissioned an organ with porcelain pipes to be made way back in the early 18th century. It was not until the year 2000 that the job was completed, though.

Guests from all over the world have been succumbing to the magic of music produced by MEISSEN® porcelain pipes ever since.

Listen to the contrast between wooden, metal and porcelain pipes, when they guide through ages like the museum does.


Group Offers

Group Travel
Your visit to the world ox experience House MEISSEN® leads through the Museum, the special theme exhibition and the Demonstration Workshops. You should allow at least an hour and a half for your visit.

We recommend booking a personal guided tour(available in Chinese, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Czech). Our guide will take your group round the Museum and Demonstration Workshop and acquaint you with MEISSEN® past and present in an interesting and entertaining manner. He or she will be pleased to answer your questions and will take care of you and your guests while you are in the House MEISSEN. Personal guided tours can be booked in advance.

If you do not wish a personal guided tour, you and your guests can make your own way around the Museum and special theme exhibition. The tour of the Demonstration Workshops involves a recorded commentary. Tours of the Demonstration Workshops commence approx. every ten minutes and can be run in any of 14 languages (Chinese, Danish, German, English, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Czech). We recommend booking in advance for groups of 10 persons and upwards.

Entrance charges for groups
Groups < 20 Personen: € 9 / person
Groups > 20 Personen: € 7 / person

Personal guided tour of the Museum and Demonstration Workshop:
German: € 60 plus entrance
Other languages: € 90 plus entrance
Max. 30 persons per group/guide, several groups possible


Price Conditions

HOUSE OF MEISSEN®

Admission:
Adults: € 9
Concessionary: € 5 (children from 6th to 18th birthday, students, severely disabled persons)
Family ticket: € 20 (2 adults with children up to age 18)
Free admission: children up to the age of 6 wholly disabled persons with their companions

Group rates:
Groups < 20 Personen: € 9 / person
Groups > 20 Personen : € 7 / person

Personal guided tour of the Museum and Demonstration Workshop:
German: € 60 plus entrance
Other languages: € 90 plus entrance
Max. 30 persons per group/guide, several groups possible

Opening Details
daily throughout the year
(except 24, 25 and 26 Dec):
9 am to 6 pm (1 may to 31 oct)
9 am to 5 pm (1 nov to 30 apr)
10 am to 4 pm (31 Dec and 1 Jan).


Miscellaneous

New part of the permanent exhibition House MEISSEN
MEISSEN® artCAMPUS – The new Beginning

Contemporary Art Exhibition
After almost 100 years MEISSEN Manufactory opens itself again for external artist with the MEISSEN® artCAMPUS program. By so doing, the Manufactory is rekindling the spirit of its former Director Max Adolf Pfeiffer, who in the 1920s oversaw artistic achievements of the highest order at the Manufactory that were facilitated by intensified cooperation with outside artists such as Ernst Barlach, Paul Scheurich and Gerhard Marcks. MEISSEN® artCAMPUS is working together with international renowned and aspiring artists of the contemporary art scene.

The exhibition “MEISSEN® – The new Beginning” will be shown at House MEISSEN.
A must for all friends of contemporary art.


Contact

Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH
Museum of MEISSEN® Art

Talstraße 9
01662 Meißen
Germany

www.meissen.com

HOUSE OF MEISSEN®
Opening Details
daily throughout the year
(except 24, 25 and 26 Dec):
9 am to 6 pm (1 may to 31 oct)
9 am to 5 pm (1 nov to 30 apr)
10 am to 4 pm (31 Dec and 1 Jan).

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