German Leather Museum
Museum type :
Art Museum

Established in :

Holidays :

Visiting Hours :
10 am to 5 pm

Contact No :
49 (69) 829 7980

Location :
Offenbach, Hesse , Germany

Display Objects :

The museum has three wings, namely, the German Shoe Museum, the Museum for Applied Art and the Ethnology Museum.The museum has a number of leather items on display including shoes, saddles, bookcases, photo albums, leather furniture.

Description :

  • The German Leather Museum and German Shoe Museum are located at the 'West End' of Offenbach am Main, close to the city's border with Frankfurt.

  • The museum was founded in 1917, and is the only one of its kind in the world.

  • Its initiator and director of many years, Professor Hugo Eberhardt, was an architect and the principal of the then technical college (now Offenbach's university college of design).

  • Eberhardt's ambition was not only to form a model collection of high-quality leatherwork, but to create an institution that showed the use of leather throughout the world, regardless of time, place or nation.

  • It is no coincidence that the museum is located in Offenbach, whose rise to prominence was inextricably linked with that of the leather goods industry.

  • Today, the museum's two buildings exhibit on three floors the uses of leather, raw hide and vellum in arts, crafts and the everyday life of all peoples of the world.