The Sommerpalais combines three different collections. It opened to the public as a museum in 1922 after a legal settlement arranged for the ownership of the collection – the princely library and the collection of engravings – to be transferred from the House of Reuss to the Land of Thuringia.

Taking a considerable stock of historical caricatures as a starting point, the Satiricum was founded and since then contemporary caricatures have been collected and preserved in the museum.

The Staatliche Bücher- und Kupferstichsammlung inside the Sommerpalais is a founder member of the Schatzkammer Thüringen (Treasure House Thuringia) and a member of the Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund GBV (Common Library Network) as well as the Netzwerk der Graphischen Sammlungen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (collections of prints and drawings in Germany, Austria and Switzerland).


Most of the princely books were collected methodically by Heinrich XI Reuss Prince of Obergreiz (1722–1822) and date back to the mid-18th century. Read more

Library catalogue

Collection of engravings

The museum’s most valuable asset is the inheritance of Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (1770–1840). She was the third daughter of the British monarch George III and became Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg by marriage. Read more

Catalogue of mezzotint


The Greiz Satiricum was originally founded as a national caricature collection of the GDR in 1975. Since 1990 the collection activity has extended to the whole of Germany, but it still focuses on the Eastern German part. Read more