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The Keckenburg tract, whose oldest part is a tower from the age of the Staufen emperors, presents the history of the Hohenlohe Franconia region from its geological past to the end of the 18th century:

Historical crane

The educational room in the basement contains a replica of a medieval crane, about four metres high, moved by a tread wheel. In mediaeval times such cranes were found on the construction sites of any high building, for example of churches like Saint Michael's in Hall, of tower houses like the Keckenburg or of fortifications. The wooden hoist allowed to easily lift heavy components into any height. Supervised by our attendants, children and adults can operate the tread wheel themselves.

Geology of Hohenlohe Franconia

In the cellar vaults, processes that have formed the landscape of the modern region of Hohenlohe Franconia are explained on the basis of typical types of rocks and fossils.

Early history

Tools of glacial hunters are the oldest exhibits in the archaeological department. Many excavation findings attest the developing settlement from the Neolithic Age to the early Middle Ages. Documents of the Celtic saltwork in Hall and of the Roman forts in Osterburken (district of Neckar-Odenwald) and Mainhardt (district of Schwäbisch Hall) are the main topics.

Hall in mediaeval times

The social classes of the medieval imperial town and the contemporary penal justice are presented by selected exhibits. The different forms of late medieval devoutness before the Reformation are documented by a collection of prominent artwork, altar devices and documents of the indulgence and pilgrim business.

Hall and the Reformation

When theologian Johannes Brenz (1499-1570) was appointed preacher of Saint Michael in 1522, this was the beginning of the Reformation in Hall. Many historical documents present the Protestant devoutness and the humanistic school system in the imperial town.

Leonhard Kern

Leonhard Kern (1588-1662), one of the most important German sculptors of the 17th century, was active in Hall during the Thirty Years' War. The museum presents a select choice of his small sculptures from alabaster and ivory that were popular collector's items, sold to almost all the great courts of Europe. Various objects of everyday life, but also excellent pieces of art, offer further insight into society and culture of the imperial town in the baroque age.


The museum has one of the largest European collections of painted targets: there are about 200 samples of the 18th and 19th century. The oldest preserved board was painted in 1727. The targets on display show scenes from everyday life, codified allegories or allusions at political events.

Town and environs

Aiming on town-to-countryside relations, several floors present the village, the farm, the rural piece of furniture - of exceptional significance, due to the painted cupboards of the carpenter family Rößler from Untermünkheim - and clothes.