Museum of Pottery in Thurnau
Potterys trade

On your visit to the Museum of Pottery in Thurnau you will be astonished by the variety of ceramics presented. From sound trade which has been a tradition in Thurnau since the 14th century; to modern objects of art made of clay this museum gives an overview over the wide range of the potterys trade.
In the documentation rooms an outline of the history of pottery in Thurnau is presented and documents such as a guild order, old building plans etc. as well as archaeological finds and old photographs can be seen. This documentation of the local trade should be exemplary in its completeness.
An exceptional feature of the museum is the "Black Kitchen", dating from the 16th century, which was rediscovered when the building was renovated. It has been preserved almost entirely for centuries and has once more been fit out lovingly with old crockery, with tripods and pinewood spill holders as to give an idea of the looks of a kitchen in the 16th century.
In the following rooms tools and techniques of working, from the preparation of clay to throwing pottery, from decorating to firing - are presented and explained. Here, too, the traditional way of working is especially taken into account.
Besides the ordinary crockery used in Thurnau like frying pans for geese, milk cans etc. works of the craft industry of two centuries are exhibited, e.g. jugs from Thurnau and faïences.
Among the jewels of the museum are two fully preserved and rebuilt tiled stoves, one from the Biedermeier period and the other one of the rare signed works from the close of the 19th century. Until today pottery plays a huge role for the cultural and economic life in Thurnau.
Because of the backing and subsidies of the Oberfrankenstiftung, the Landkreis Kulmbach, the Verein zur Förderung des Thurnauer Töpfermuseums, the Landesstelle für Nichtstaatliche Museen in Munich as well as many committed persons and institutions we succeeded in establishing this special museum. The administration of Thurnau has agreed to be representative.
Every year two or three special exhibitions increase the attractiveness of the museum. Since September 1994 the museum has finally been completed. It now covers three floors and is also showing selected works of potters presently resident in Thurnau.
The Museum of Pottery is housed in the former Grammar School. the renaissance building from the close of the 16th century is situated next to the church and the castle.

Hours of business:
· From April 1st to September 30th:
Tuesday to Saturday: 14.00 to 17.00 o`clock
Sunday: 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 o`clock
· From October 1st to January 6th and March 1st to March 31st:
Thursday and Saturday: 14.00 to 17.00 o`clock
Sunday: 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 o`clock

Groups are asked to arrange a date with the Museum or the Administration of the Municipality (phone: +49/9228/5351)

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