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  • German Ivory Museum Erbach
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    German Ivory Museum Erbach

    The German Ivory Museum Erbach (Deutsches Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach) is a museum in Erbach im Odenwald, Germany. It was founded in 1966, but the collection was started by Count Francis I in late 18th century. The city of Erbach then developed to become one of the centres for ivory carving.

    The museum exhibition consists of more than 2000 items that represent European, African, Asian, and Greenlandic ivory carving art from the Middle Ages to the present day. One of the focuses is the work of ivory carvers in the Odenwald area in the 19th and 20th centuries, for example Jan Holschuh.

    In early 2006, the museum was modernised and extended. Other ivory museums in this region are the privately owned Ivory Museum Michelstadt and the church-owned Ivory Museum Walldürn.



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Erbach im Odenwald Overview

Erbach is the district seat of the Odenwaldkreis in Hesse, Germany. The town lies in the Odenwald at elevations between 200 and 560 m in the valley of the Mümling.

Erbach borders in the north on the town of Michelstadt (Michelstadt vacation rentals | Michelstadt travel guide), in the east on the market town of Kirchzell (in Miltenberg (Miltenberg vacation rentals | Miltenberg travel guide) district in Bavaria), in the south on the community of Hesseneck and the town of Beerfelden and in the west on the community of Mossautal (all three in the Odenwaldkreis). A foreseen merger with the neighbouring town of Michelstadt was blocked in November 2007 by a civic vote (Bürgerentscheid). For the time being, ways are being sought to deepen the two towns’ coöperation, and possibly consider a merger once again in a few years’ time.

Things to See in Erbach im Odenwald

The castle of the Counts of Erbach was built into a residence in the style of the times in the 18th century. Since the noble house did not have the needed materials on hand, only the middle wing of the planned three-winged building was ever built. The façade is to a great extent built out of not sandstone, but rather sheeting or wood coloured to look like it.

Within the castle complex is the likewise Late Baroque orangery with the castle garden.

The memorial on the castle square to Count Franz I – the last ruling count – that was knocked off its pedestal and thereby broken was repaired and set back in place with support from two Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) artists and some Erbach citizens. The work was financed through grants from the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (“State Office for Care of Monuments”) as well as donations.

The Erbacher Wiesenmarkt was originally called the Eulbacher Markt or Eulbacher Wiesen(Vieh-)markt. Eulbach is an outlying centre of the neighbouring town of Michelstadt (Michelstadt vacation rentals | Michelstadt travel guide). It was once a regionally very important livestock, horse and farm market.

The Deutsches Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach (“Erbach German Ivory Museum”) has been in existence since 1966 and is unique in Europe. Its exhibits are almost exclusively ivory. Visitors can also watch the resident carvers as they go about their artistic work.

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More about the History of Erbach im Odenwald

Since the amalgamations within the framework of municipal reform in 1972, the district seat of Erbach has been made up of 12 Stadtteile.

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Erbach is the district seat of the Odenwaldkreis in Hesse, Germany. The town lies in the Odenwald at elevations between 200 and 560 m in the valley of the Mümling.

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