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The Museum of the Friends of Thann

The Museum of the Friends of Thann is a museum dedicated to local history and popular tradition and it is run by the historical society « The Friends of Thann ».

It is open to the public in :

  • June and September on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ( 14:00 to 18:00) – phone number : +33 (0)3 89 38 53 25
  • And in July and August – every day except on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ( 14:00 to 18:00) – phone number : +33 (0)3 89 38 53 25

For further information you can call :

  • Mr André ROHMER, president : phone number : +33 (0)3 89 37 92 74
  • Mr Albert EHRET Curator : phone number : +33 (0)3 89 37 05 68

The collections in the Museum of Thann are exhibited on 4 levels in the old corn exchange which was built in 1520 by the architect and project manager Rémy Faesch who originated from Basel.

On the ground floor

On the ground floor looking out towards the river, you will find the Walch exhibition room where theme exhibitions are presented during the summer season.

In the entrance

In the entrance there is an imposing oak wine press dating from the 18th century. Twenty years ago, it was still in the outbuilding of a house situated in « rue Marsilly ». On the Northern wall painted wood panels known as « the bangards panels » are exhibited. They are one of the treasures of this museum. The bangards, an elective and key function in Thann for those who aspired to be public officers ,were, from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, sort of voluntary rural policemen. They used to leave their mark by painting their initials or their names, the emblem of their job and a lot of details about their living conditions during their bangard year. In front of the panels you can find tools and objects related to wine-production.

On the first floor

On the first floor you can find some information about the Engelbourg castle, about the development of Thann, about sites dedicated to the worship of Saint-Thiébaut, in Gubbio and Thann, a presentation of the most picturesque aspects of the Collegiate Church and coins or seals produced in Thann. Against the west wall stands a beautiful walnut wardrobe which is made in a Renaissance style typical of the Rhine region. During the summer season, a series of panels present original documents from Gubbio and recount the relationship between the two cities, in particular the twinning in 1958. A letter, dating from 1340, from the Pope Innocent III granting religious liberties is also on display. Standing against the southern wall is a magnificent earthenware stove from the 18th century which came from the presbytery of the neighbouring village of Leimbach.
On pourra également observer de très belles statues en bois polychrome dont une Vierge à l’Enfant du XIIIe siècle.

On the second floor

On the second floor, on the left, you can find an art gallery where works from local artists are exhibited: J. Jacques Henner, Charles Walch, Robert Kammerer, Georges Rietling, Adolphe Helbling, Christian Ziebold... In the west gallery there is a display cabinet holding porcelain pieces which were painted by the artist Joseph Conrad who hailed from Thann. Next to it, you can find a collection of firemen helmets and a series of souvenirs linked to families from Thann who have contributed to the town's history: Kestner, Gobel, Robert, ; at the end of the southern gallery, you enter « the Alsatian Bedroom ».

The third floor

The third floor unites (on the Northern side) the souvenirs of the 3 last wars: (1870, 1914-1918; 1939-1945 (photographs, pottery objects and various illustrations). You can also find pictures from the past detailing many objects, tools from everyday life (19th century), a clog-maker's workbench , engraving tools for the industry, boards used for textile printing......

A visit to the museum is not only very pleasant, it also allows you to learn a bit more about the very rich and varied history of Thann.
The historical society collects objects, furniture and old books that you don't need anymore. Following our presentation schedule, these can be exhibited in the museum along with donor details if wished. Please give us a thought when next clearing out.

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