The historical section of the museum moved to recently renovated Tannery House (9 Felsőmalom Street) in 1984, which has since been the home of its collections and exhibitions. This renowned industrial monument was built in the last third of the 18th century, and until the end of the 19th century was used as a tannery, a residential building for the families of tanners, and a venue for dancing, dining, wining, and celebrating. Upstairs, visitors will find an ambitious exhibition that uses a wealth of documents, works of art, photos, maps, and models to introduce the most important episodes in the history of Pécs from the liberation under the 143-year Turkish occupation in 1686 to World War II and the coalition government period that followed (1948). The many spectacular objects include models of famous buildings (old city halls, Gazi Kasim Pasha's mosque, the Bosnian House, the bellfounding workshop, the cathedral, and Pécs surrounded by a city wall in the 18th century), pieces of clothing evoking the fashion of the turn of the century, memorabilia from the 18th century guilds and the world of industry in the 19th century, mining, printing, and cultural life, along with building interiors (part of an early 19th century kitchen, the interior of a miner's home from the turn of the century, a café, a shoemaker's workshop, and a grocery from between the world wars). Or you can visit the Museum's website to find out more about over thirty topics in local history, listen to interesting audio files, or even try your hand at some games. This virtual gallery does not only complement the permanent exhibition but also can also help schools teach the various topics covered.
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