The State Textile and Industrial Museum, abbreviated "tim", brings its visitors closer to an important former branch of industry in Augsburg: the textile industry. Covering an area of 2500 square metres, it shows the beginnings of industry, but also today's developments such as carbon technology or intelligent clothing. The permanent exhibition focuses on the themes of man, machine, patterns and fashion. In addition, there are always special exhibitions. The tim has already been awarded several times. For example, it received an award from the European Museum Academy 2011 as the best European museum of technology and industry.
Part of the permanent exhibition is devoted to the lives of workers in the textile industry. Visitors learn how their lives have been changed by the new industrial age. But also the story of entrepreneurs or bankers who did business with the textiles is told.
In addition to the history of the people who made textiles, the production of fabrics and garments is also illuminated. The processes from the production of the raw material to the finished garment are explained and the visitors learn how the required machines have developed over time. Visitors can admire old looms and modern machines in operation in the historic shed hall. By the way: The textiles produced there can be purchased in the museum shop.
What would the textile industry be without the fashion world? Of course, tim also illuminates this aspect and shows impressive pieces of clothing from the past 200 years - from Biedermeier to Strenesse dresses.
The highlight of the permanent exhibition is the collection of 550 pattern books of the Neue Augsburger Kattunfabrik (NAK), which documents over 1.3 million fabric patterns from the 1780s to the 1990s. On interactive projection screens, visitors can also project patterns onto figures themselves and discover the colours and designs in 3D. You will find the collection in the center of the tree in the so-called middle shed.
There is also a children's path for the little guests of tim, where they can examine cotton and silk under the microscope or spin a thread themselves.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, the tim also regularly offers special exhibitions on topics such as German stocking dynasties, textiles in architecture or lingerie. It is located on the upper floor on an additional 1000 square meters.
After the visit of the tims you can have a snack in the restaurant nunó, which is located directly in the entrance hall. On the menu are mainly seasonal dishes, snacks and cakes. On Sundays there is a rich breakfast buffet, which can be perfectly combined with a visit to tim. On this day, the entrance to the museum only costs one euro.
The tim was opened in January 2010 in the Augsburg worsted spinning mill. This was made possible above all by the work of the then Verein zur Förderung eines Industriemuseums in Augsburg e.V. When more and more textile factories in Augsburg closed down in the 1990s - which had previously been an important branch of industry in the city - the members began to collect the companies' machines in order to preserve them for posterity. At the same time, they were involved at the political level in the opening of a museum. Even today, the members of the association, renamed Förder- und Freundeskreis tim e.V., support the museum, for example in the shop or as exhibition guides.
How to get there
Via the B300 or B2 you can reach Nagahama Alley or Amagasaki Alley. At the traffic lights of the Citygalerie turn into Provinostraße, which will take you directly to the museum. Parking spaces are available there; in case of heavy traffic you can alternatively park in the City Galerie parking garage.
By public transport
The tram line 6 stops directly at the tim, stop: Textilmuseum. It runs between Friedberg West and Königsplatz or the main station.