A tour of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture will introduce the visitor to the artistic beauty of handcrafted Biedermeier furniture as constructed by German cabinetmakers who settled in New Braunfels and nearby communities. Over seventy pieces of this furniture collected by the late Bill and Nan Dillen serve as the focal point of what was once their home. Although these primarily black walnut and pine pieces were crafted between 1845 and 1880, the simplicity of their design is timeless. Costumed docents (delete the word “will) guide you on a tour that will include the main house, the Reininger log cabin, the Cabinet Shop, the Summer kitchen/smokehouse and the soon to be restored Breustedt kitchen. Although most tours last approximately an hour, at your request a tour can customized to fit your schedule.
Museum tours also include a brief history of the house and its occupants as it relates to the German immigration to Texas. Prominent local cabinetmakers featured are Johann Jahn, Franz Stautzenberger, and Heinrich Scholl, Jr. Also featured is a large collection of English ironstone, handmade quilts and period accessories.
Special tour rates are available for groups of ten or more with an appointment. Please contact us to schedule group tours at a time convenient to you. In addition, we currently host two Elderhostels each year during February and March in conjunction with the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association.