Reopening of the German Leather Museum/

German Shoe Museum, Offenbach



On March 13th 2011, after a year of rebuilding, we had the great pleasure to reopen the first new collection of the German Leather Museum/German Shoe Museum. Now with 4000 square metres the museum has been able to develop the display of its collections: this includes the Museum for Applied Art, Handicraft and Industry, the North America, Africa and Asia Collections, the Asian Shadow puppet collection and the Shoe Collection with shoes from Europe and all over the world. The Treasure room is new, as is the Wilhelm Düncher-Gallery (named after a local manufacturer of leather goods). This houses the most valuable objects of the museum: Love boxes (“Minnekästchen”) of the Middle Ages, Renaissance caskets and cabinets as well as gilt-leather wall hangings from the 17th and 18th century. The Fashion-Gallery was also re-displayed with exciting contemporary and historic garments.


In summer 2011, the second step will be the opening of a new exhibition about the history of the famous leather industry in the area of Offenbach. In 2012, the new departments of the China, Tibet and Japan Collections will follow.


The narrative of many cultures and manufacturing practises is clearly and delightfully told through its range of extraordinary objects, made not only of skin and leather. The Museum is truly remarkable in its variety, and in the extent of its collections. If leather interests you – if culture and history interest you – this is a museum that is worth travelling to, and needs several days to do it justice.


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Jutta Göpfrich

Nina Frankenhauser

DLM-Deutsches Ledermuseum/

Deutsches Schuhmuseum

Frankfurterstr. 86

D- 63067 Offenbach am Main