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Art museum Thurgau and Ittinger Museum
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An extraordinary place in the canton of Thurgau

The Ittingen Charterhouse in Warth is an extraordinary place. The former monastery is nestled in the idyllic Thur landscape, just a few minutes' drive from Frauenfeld or Untersee. Monastic communities lived here for centuries, first the Augustinians, then the Carthusians. The area is home to two important cantonal museums: the Ittingen Museum and the Thurgau Art Museum.

Ittingen Museum

The Ittingen Museum provides a lively insight into the history of the buildings and their inhabitants. In the barren monk's cells, you can relive how the Carthusians sought God's closeness in silence and solitude. The richly furnished dining room and the magnificent rococo church still present themselves today as if monks still lived and prayed in Ittingen. At the same time, the billiard table in the chapter hall tells of the dissolution of the monastery in 1848 and of the subsequent use of the place as the seat of a landlord's family. The topics and stories about the monastery and the Carthusian order are brought closer to a broad public by means of audio guides, radio plays for children and publications.

The outside area is also marked by monastic life, as visitors can experience the gardens of the Charterhouse on four themed paths. Those who wander through the gardens with their eyes wide open will repeatedly come across fragments of historical garden design in the midst of the flowering splendour of today's plants.

Thurgau Art Museum

With its top-class collection and attractive temporary exhibitions, the Kunstmuseum Thurgau provides an exciting counterpoint to the past idyll of the former monastery. The core of the museum is the cantonal art collection, which has existed since 1942. The museum manages a total of more than 30,000 collection objects, ranging from photography, drawings and paintings to large-scale installations. In addition, internationally renowned artists have developed new works especially for the context of Ittingen Charterhouse. Janet Cardiff's "Ittingen Walk" takes the public on an unconventional tour of the two museums. "The Silent Library" by Joseph Kosuth deals with the order of knowledge, while Muda Mathis in her "Paradise" retells the biblical story in a completely unconventional way.

The Kunstmuseum Thurgau maintains a rich mediation offer in the form of publications, guided tours and lectures. The offerings are aimed at a broad public, which includes schoolchildren as well as senior citizens.

Guided tours

  • Standard guided tour for a maximum of 25 persons/duration 90 minutes: CHF 120.00 plus group admission per person, CHF 7.00 each.
  • Events for school classes / up to 90 minutes: CHF 100,00.

Longer workshops by arrangement.

Information can be obtained from Brigitt Näpflin: brigitt.naepflin@tg.ch

Guided tours can be booked in the museum secretary's office at

+41 (0) 58 345 10 60 or by e-mail at sekretariat.kunstmuseum@tg.ch


Arrival by train / Postbus

The PostBus line 819 "Frauenfeld-Kartause Ittingen" departs from Frauenfeld (departing from the station at Kante N) directly and every hour (7.19 am to 7.19 pm) to Ittingen Charterhouse. The return journey from the Charterhouse to Frauenfeld station is also hourly, the first course runs at 7.29 am and the last at 7.29 pm.

Or from Frauenfeld with the PostBus line 825 "Frauenfeld-Stein am Rhein" to "Warth Gemeindehaus" (connections running). Coming from Warth, the Ittingen Charterhouse can be easily reached on foot in five minutes. You can reach the museum entrance via the picturesque Kartäuserweg and through the baroque gardens.

Arriving by car

Motorway A7, exit Frauenfeld-West, follow the brown signs "Kartause Ittingen" to the car park of the Kartause.

Kunstmuseum Thurgau
Kartause Ittingen
8532 Warth
Phone +41 (0) 58 345160

01st May - 30th September  
daily 11:00 am - 06:00 pm
01st October - 30th April  
Monday - Friday 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holiday 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
22nd December - 04th January  closed
Per person CHF 10,00
Reduced admission (AHV, students, groups of 10 or more) CHF 7,00
Visit of the monastery church CHF 5,00
Children up to 16 years Free of charge
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