How Bathrooms Have Changed Over Time: Exhibitions at the Hansgrohe Aquademie
The Water-Bath-Design Museum at the Hansgrohe Aquademie in Schiltach is a popular destination for excursions and well worth a visit. A unique exhibition on the history of private bathrooms – from the 19th century to the recent past – awaits visitors. The present is dedicated to our bathroom and kitchen exhibition, where you can experience the latest products of our AXOR and hansgrohe brands.
Private Bathrooms in Central Europe: Exhibits Tell a Cultural StoryThe individual sections of the exhibition bring to life epochs of the cultural history of the bathroom, ranging from farm life with outside wells and the spartan bathrooms of the 20s to the gaudy colors of the tiled bathrooms of the 70s and the designer bathroom by Philippe Starck.
At the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to see how private bathrooms have evolved over the decades. What started out as a “functional wet cell” is now an oasis of well-being and haven of rest. The arrangements are rounded off with accessories that were typical for the bathroom and the epoch.
History of the Private Bathroom Closely Linked with HansgroheThe Hansgrohe company was founded in 1901, at which time a private bathroom was an absolute luxury for a majority of Germans. The private household bathroom didn’t come into fashion until the beginning of the 20th century. At this time, company founder Hans Grohe realized that the shower was a more affordable alternative to the bathtub. Soon thereafter, he specialized in metal goods for the sanitation industry.
His ideas and high standards in terms of innovation, design, and quality played a key role in shaping the history of Hansgrohe and shower culture in the following decades.
How to Reach the Water-Bath-Design Museum
Address and Contact
To the route planner
Monday to Friday: 7.30 am – 7.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
The Museum will be closed on the following days:
- July 20, 2022
- December 23, 2022 until January 8, 2023
Wearing a medical mask (FFP2 or surgical mask) is required in the whole building and we ask you to observe the general hygiene and distance rules.Please feel free to call us in advance at +49 7836 51 3272 or e-mail to find out about the current situation and the access restrictions that apply in each case.
Museum admission is free of charge.
Private Bathroom in a Frenzy of Colors
Tiles in bright orange, fluffy green bath mat, functional vanity with two sinks – this is the bathroom of the 70s. You can see how bathroom design has evolved over time at our museum.
Bathroom Exhibition: Discover AXOR and hansgrohe Brand Products
Bathroom Exhibition Presents Diversity in Shapes, Functions, and DesignsAn exhibition space measuring around 1,000 square meters showcases innovations and classic designs for the bathroom. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know the different style worlds of our brands and develop a feel for the latest bathroom trends. As you will see, looking at, trying out, and comparing products in peace and quiet can be of great help when it comes to making a decision. Our innovative kitchen products are also part of the exhibitions.
You can find more information on our brand websites:
More Than Just a Product Presentation: Our Services for VisitorsThe bathroom exhibitions will provide you with inspiration and new ideas for the design of your bathroom. Different shapes, colors, and functions show how diverse modern-day bathroom design can be. We’d be happy to help you if you have any questions. Our services complement your visit to the exhibitions: simply arrange an appointment for a tailored consultation or try out our products in the Showerworld. We look forward to hearing from you!
You can find all the necessary information here to plan your trip: opening times and address of the Hansgrohe Aquademie.