Porcelain enthusists will be delighted with a visit to the Offenbach City Museum . Besides leather, Offenbach was once a leading manufacturer of Fayencen. Back in the 18th century, when porcelain manufacturing was brought from china to Prussia, it was kept a top state secret. In an effort to obtain a share of this highly demanded market, although no one exactly knew the ingredients to making china, namely adding bone meal to it, they developed enameled stoneware, called Fayencen. Then name 'Fayencen' originated from the Italian City of Faenza. Fayencen is stoneware, whose red or yellow porous clay is coated with a white zinc enamel. The pieces were dried and then fired at 900°C and after they were cooled, they were submersed in a bath of sand, pot ash, lead, tin and water. This solution remained as a coating on the surface of the clay, and was melted onto the clay directly after painting the finishing design on the pieces, with the final firing at 1100°C.
Although it became very apparent that Fayencen didn't possess the same quality as Meissner Porcelain, it still became popular with the emerging middle class and the working class, because it was not as expensive as porcelain. One of the most popular manufacturer's of Fayencen was in the City of Delft. Offenbach, although not as wellknown as Delft, was once a highly demanded manufacturer of Fayencen as well.
In addition to their multi-language movie about Fayencen, and the museum pieces, they also have exhibits of the Celtic burials finds found in Offenbach, municiple history, and changing exhibits.
The German Leather Museum belongs to the collection of unusual museums in Germany. Offenbach is the leather capital of Europe. Today there are not many leather manufacturers left in Offenbach. The small factories closed in the 1960's. The only major producer of leather goods left in Offenbach is the Gold Pfeil Company, manufacturer of fine purses, handbags and wallets.
Still, a visit to the German Leather Museum is worthwile, to see the great variety of article manufactured from animal skin.
The museum has a collection of Napoleanic leather goods, including things from Napolean himself, U.S. American Native articles, and an entire display of the complete process of making leather, from skinning the cow, to the finished product.
The annual community clubs party on the banks of the Main in Offenbach
This is one of the few festivals that you can do a mini-tour of several European nationals in a single day. Eat your way through Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Bavaria while you'r at it. Ever wonder want's it like in the gun club, the film-maker's club, the 50's dance club, the Opel Manta car owner's club? This is the place to find out.