Display Rooms and Grimm Exhibition
The Counts of Hanau-Münzenberg had the interiors of the palace magnificently decorated. The high-quality wall paintings with Renaissance ornaments and antique portrait medallions adorned the halls and flats. A vivid insight into the reconstructed palace furnishings is provided by the Hofstube with its portraits of the nobility from the 16th century. The adjacent castle kitchen is furnished with replicas of various food dummies as well as cooking utensils from the 19th century; it brings to life the everyday life of the palace inhabitants from earlier centuries.
Since 2015, a permanent exhibition on the Brothers Grimm can be visited on the upper floor of the castle. The exhibition was realised by the State Palaces and Gardens in cooperation with the Brothers Grimm Society (Kassel). The brothers spent their childhood in Steinau and later recorded this time in their memories and writings. In the exhibition, significant exhibits from the Grimm family estate can be viewed, including unique family portraits, everyday objects, such as a family Bible, a snuff box or Jacob Grimm’s inkpot. The presentation is complemented by furniture, busts and graphics. A large part of the exhibition is devoted to the Grimm children’s and household tales and their sources.