#49 Deutsches Textilmuseum

My name is Barbara Köstner and I would like to adopt the Deutsches Textilmuseum.

Exterior of the Deutsches Textilmuseum (Photograph by Barbara Köstner)

Tell us a bit more about yourself
I’m a full time geek working in the area of monument preservation. I also study archaeology at the universities of Cologne and Bonn. My passion is textiles, both in my studies and my personal interests: whether it’s fragmented archaeological textiles from Roman times, or a complete 19th century lady’s wardrobe – they’re all exciting to me!

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The collection of the Deutsches Textilmuseum, or German Textile Museum, was already put on display in the late 19th century, to inspire the workers in the local textile industry. With over 30,000 objects in its care, from ancient Roman and precious medieval textiles, to modern highlights from the art of weaving, the museum houses a real treasury of textiles, most of which you hardly ever get to see due to conservational restrictions. Today the museum is run by the city of Krefeld, and is only open for exhibitions that show objects from other museums or by modern artists. Admission fee is 4 Euro, concession 2 Euro.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
The museum’s collection is absolutely impressive. A special exhibition on textiles from the Late Antiquity, which I visited at the very beginning of my studies, laid the foundation for my academic interest. I think it’s a shame that the museum is hardly known in Germany – it deserves more attention! However, the museum does need to work a little on improving itself, for example by showing more objects from its own collection. They recently had a change in management, and it’s exciting for me to follow the most current developments. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the museum that they manage to make more of themselves.

Why would you recommend people visit?
For anyone who engages themselves with textiles, a visit to the Deutsches Textilmuseum is a must! Even if there is no current exhibition on show, the museum library with over 9000 titles on the topic of textiles is worth a visit along. The museum is located in the picturesque city quarter Linn, which is very nice for spending a day in.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Hidden, sleeping treasure-chest.

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