History of the town museum
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The history of the town museum
The town museum of Mosbach is one of the oldest museums of cultural history at the Neckar-Odenwald region. It is distributed between several historical buildings around the Old Hospital's court, in the midst of the picturesque old town of Mosbach.
Visitors are welcome to explore and experience the history of culture, art and economy of Mosbach and its surrounding regions.
History of the town, region and culture
• Faience, pottery and majolica
The Old Hospital, a magnificent 15th century half-timbered house, contains an important collection of faience made in Mosbach. Between 1770 and 1836 they have been produced in a factory, which was founded by the Elector Carl Theodor of Palatinate.
In addition to that Majolica, produced at Friedrich Nerbel's oven factory, and rural pottery from the Odenwald and Bauland region are exhibited at the museum.
• Glimpses of History
Insights into the pre- and early history of time and into the history of the Jewish people of Mosbach are given at the attic of the Old Hospital. Impressive documents of people's religiousness and the field of medicine invite the visitors to stroll around the exhibitions.
With the help of many illustrations and fossilized exhibits the geological and paleontological unit gives an introduction into the past world and ecosystems. This also points out the importance of the UNESCO - Geopark "Bergstraße - Odenwald", where the Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis is a member since 2004.
• Odenwald style of home decor
The Kickelhain House, one of the smallest half-timbered freestanding houses in Germany, with a base of just 26 sqm, is particularly attractive for visitors of the museum.
It is equipped with rustic furniture from the 18 th and 19 th century and shows the typical Odenwald home decor style of that time
• History of Mosbach, trade and guild system
The tradition of Mosbach's trade and guild system is portrayed in small workshop areas in the hospital barn. Their themes are: brewery, weaving mill, saddlery and boot making
• Craft of Printing
A special section of the town museum is dedicated to the craft of printing. At the distinctive atmosphere of the very special arranged hospital barn the visitors await a lively insight into the more than 550-year-old traditional printing industry. Working-printing machines as well as rare exhibits are on display, impressively documenting the development of this branch of industry.
• Folklore of expellees
At the "Paschke" building you will get more information about people like the Donauschwaben, Siebenbürger Sachsen, Sudetendeutsche and the Schlesier who came to Mosbach after the Second World War.
The expellees themselves arranged the exhibition in the 1970's..
The town museum is not only a place for permanent exhibitions but also for educational activities.
Well elaborated guided tours for groups of all ages and special activities for children are part of the great museum experience.
The museum library
The access to the library, a reference library with 4.000 volumes, is possible after telephone booking. Here you can find literature about the town and regional history as well as the history of the expellees.
Over 70 honorary employees look after the museum library, the historical postcards and photo collections, the compilation of the EDV inventory and supervise the museum in a voluntary way.
Curator: Stefan Müller M.A.
Office: Ursula Rauh
Phone: +49 (0)6261 / 899240
Fax: +49 (0)6261 / 899241
Geschichts- und Museumsverein Mosbach e.V., (Society for history and museum in Mosbach)
Chairman: Hans Happes, Arnold-Janssen-Str. 14, 74821 Mosbach
Here you can find a map of the museum's area. There is also a map in front of each building of the museum.
Site plan of the museum's buildings itself (45 KB, gif)