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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.

Hansgrohe Aquademie in Schiltach
Virtual tour of the bathroom exhibition
The picture shows the hansgrohe brand world in the Hansgrohe Aquademie in Schiltach.

Water-Bath-Design Museum

We’ll take you on a journey through time. During your visit to the Water-Bath-Design Museum at the Aquademie, you’ll experience a comprehensive history of private household bathrooms, from the 19th century to the recent past. An exhibition with a selection like no other:

Private Bathrooms in Central Europe: Exhibits Tell a Cultural Story

The 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 Hansgrohe

The 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

Water-Bath-Design Museum
Auestrasse 9
77761 Schiltach
To the route planner

Tel.: +49-7836-513-272
E-mail: aquademie@hansgrohe.com

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 7.30 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

The Hansgrohe Aquademie will be closed on the following days:

  • November 7, 2022 until January 31, 2023 (renovation work in the bathroom exhibition).
    You are welcome to test our products in the Showerworld during this time and book an appointment from Monday to Friday  – by phone at +49 7836 51-3272 or by e-mail.
  • December 23, 2022 until January 8, 2023 (Christmas holidays)
  • February 19, 2023 (public event in Schiltach)
Museum admission is free of charge.
Barrier-free access.
70s bathroom, presented at the Water-Bath-Design Museum.

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

There’s an extensive variety of products for the bathroom and kitchen. We make the decision easier with the bathroom exhibition at the Hansgrohe Aquademie. The exhibitions of our AXOR and hansgrohe brands will provide you with an overview and inspiration. A range that offers lots of added value for contractors, renovators, and design fans.

Bathroom Exhibition Presents Diversity in Shapes, Functions, and Designs

An 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 Visitors

The 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.
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