First off - someone has gone to great trouble to hide this place. We picked up a brochure in our hotel and saw that this looked interesting. Then we lost the brochure - bad move.
We knew the general direction and headed that way figuring that it couldn't be that hard to find, or people would know about it. We were wrong. We found what we thought was it - but this ended up being the Textile school or department of the university, beside the Roman Museum. We asked there, figuring that if anyone knew where the museum was it would be these guys, but no . . . . the school of textiles didn't know where the textiles museum was.
I tried turning on data on my phone and looking for it on the internet - searching for phrases like "textile museum augsburg" (which seems reasonable) turned up things like the address of their architects in Stuttgart (which isn't reasonable).
In the end we asked in a shop and they gave us directions - it was about 10-15 minutes walk away, along a tram line. Given the narrow streets and the layout of the city it would have been hard to give directions, but "follow the tram for 5 stops" worked just fine for us.
The fun didn't end there. At the tram stop there was a sign pointing to the museum - clearly the huge industrial building just beside it. Only it wasn't. The buildings were empty. There were builders everywhere doing construction work, etc . . . We walked in the direction of the sign but eventually got to a place where it was clearly a building site and not a museum. We weren't about to walk through what was clearly a building site - not just one builder, his tools and some bricks. In the end we spent about 10 minutes walking about the complex until we came to a residential area and found an actual person - she pointed us in the right direction and we *eventually* got to the museum.
It was well worth it.
As others have mentioned, the looms on display actually work. It was a €1 add on to the cost of entrance and well worth it. You don't need to understand German to follow what the guide was saying. Seeing the looms in action was pretty cool and makes a change from the static displays in similar places. Also (for the industrial heritage brigade) seeing the looms in situ where they were used and in production was an added bonus.
The rest of the permanent exhibition was also very good and worth checking out. There was a temporary exhibition upstairs but we didn't get to that.
If they could improve their signage it would help a lot - finding it from the streets of Augsburg was pretty hard and we almost gave up in desperation and got a tram back to the centre, while the museum was only 100 metres away.
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