Bathroom in a private home from the 1920s

Water-Bath-Design Museum

Private bathrooms of Central Europe: exhibits and records

Take a journey through time: Authentic bathrooms depict the history of bathrooms in private homes, from the 19th century up until very recently. How did our ancestors bathe, when did showering become popular and what did the typical Seventies Bathroom actually look like?

The individual exhibition areas bring the cultural history periods of the private bathroom to life – from rural life featuring outside fountains to spartan bathrooms from the 1920s right through to the designer bathroom from Philippe Starck. The arrangements are topped off with designs and accessories that were typical of the bathroom and its era.

Address and opening times:
Hansgrohe Aquademie
Auestraße 9
D-77761 Schiltach
Telephone: +49 7836 51-3272
Fax: +49 7836 51-1505

Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 7.00 pm
Sat, Sun, public holidays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Entry to the museum is free.
Wheelchair access available.

Would you like to find out more about the history of bathing culture?
Tour: Every Sunday at 12.00 pm. Registration is not required. More information can be found here.


Impressions from bathroom history


  • Workshop from the seventies
  • Bathwater heater with mixer.
  • Blue bathroom products from the 1960s.
  • Red hand shower Hansgrohe Tribel.
  • Red hand shower in the Pharo shower temple.
  • Red basin mixer Hansgrohe Uno.
  • Axor Starck mixer