Please note that the children's museum and Geitlinger collection are closed until 17th November!
Currently on view: The Scharff collection and the exhibition "The Sensitive Man in Modern Sculpture"!

What to expect

The Edwin Scharff Museum is a place that welcomes art lovers and children alike.

You will find us at Petrusplatz in the centre of Neu-Ulm, only a ten-minute walk from Münsterplatz, the main square in Ulm.

Our museum is one with many different aspects. Our collections and special exhibitions occupy some 1500 square metres of exhibition space. Firstly, we have an important collection of the works of Edwin Scharff (1887–1955), born in Neu-Ulm and one of the major German sculptors of the first half of the 20th century. We also display the bequest of the abstract painter, Ernst Geitlinger (1895–1972). These two permanently displayed artists are supplemented by thematically related special exhibitions.

But there is also something else that is special about the Edwin Scharff Museum: the museum is complemented by a children's museum which happens to be also very popular with adults. Regulary we allocate about 500 square metres to a new exhibition that can cover any aspect of life. Here hands-on experimentation, play and discovery are explicitly welcomed and encouraged. The Edwin Scharff Museum is unique in Germany in allocating equal space to the children's museum and the presentation of art.



Opening Hours

Edwin Scharff Museum

The children's museum is closed until 17th November!

The Geitlinger collection is currently closed!

Mon closed
Tue, Wed 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thur, Fri 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special opening hours 2019

1.11. All Saint's Day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

24.12. Christmas Eve closed
25.12. Christmas Day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
26.12. Boxing day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
31.12. New Year's Eve closed


Edwin Scharff Museum
Petrusplatz 4
89231 Neu-Ulm


Regular 5 €        
(1 adult with the maximum of 3 children)

Family 9 €
(2 adults with the maximum of 6 children)

Please note: Children and teens up to the age of 18 are free of charge. However only a maximum of three children per adult is allowed to get access to the museum. 


Our whole house is wheelchair accessible.

Public transportation

Bus route 5 to Petrusplatz

Bus route 7 to Schützenstraße

By car

Please follow the road signs: Museen am Petrusplatz



An interactive hands-on exhibition for children and their families about human and animal architecture.

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, the sculptors have been working on the topos of the intact but vulnerable youth in a striking variety. The conception of a sensitive male body ideal appears as a conscious counter-movement to the heroic male images of the time. In an environment of the warlike-militant self-confidence of the late imperial era and still young democratic movements, the predominantly male artists sought to refine body and mind. The cult of youth, which flourished both in militant and pacifist circles around 1900, inspired this ideal of the sensitive man. Around 60 sculptures by sculptors from three generations, born between 1847 and 1912, can be seen in the exhibition, including works by Adolf von Hildebrand, Renée Sintenis, Hermann Blumenthal and Gerhard Marcks.

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The permanent collection in the museum presents sculptures, pictures and documents of Edwin Scharff and his contemporaries. Works by Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz and Wilhelm Lehmbruck complement the picture of the period and illustrate by direct comparison characteristic features of Scharff’s work.

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Ernst Geitlinger was an innovative painter throughout his life and is regarded as a pioneer of geometric abstract painting in Germany. The selection of works in the permanent Geitlinger Collection reveals how the artist increasingly moved away from representation to finally concentrating on pure relationships between form and colour.

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Stefan Wissel in dialogue with Edwin Scharff
19.05.2019 – 30.07.2023

At the invitation of the museum, Stefan Wissel explores Edwin Scharff's works and their presentation in the museum.

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Guided tour: The Sensitive Man in Modern Sculpture