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LWL-Industriemuseum TextilWerk Bocholt

LWL-Industriemuseum TextilWerk Bocholt

More than 20,000 spindles once rotated in the Herding spinning mill in Bocholt.

A forum for textile culture is now housed in the imposing brickwork building with four storeys. The history and recent times of textiles are brought to life within the walls of the fascinating, restored industrial memorial. Special exhibitions lends insights into historic and modern technology as well as showing fashion design and international textile art. 
In the direct vicinity, a further museum location is the weaving mill. The central feature of the museum factory is the large weaving hall. Below the sawtooth roofs, transmission belts and long drive shafts bring more than 30 historic machines into motion. Away from the noisy factory, visitors become familiar with the bleak everyday lives of the families within a completely equipped workers' house including a cultivated garden.

The textile works building, the collection and the exhibitions focus on the period of high industrialisation. Although the theme areas stretch into contemporary times, the collection exponents, machines and textiles from the time of around 1870 to before World War I frequently form the basis for presentations and projects.
The plush historicism of the Wilhelminian age resulted in a gigantic and qualitative textile industry, the clothing and domestic textiles of which entered the museum collection in the form of company pattern books, woven samples and designs of woven decorative bands from Wuppertal to damask tablecloths from Borken and Bielefeld

How to get here


Weberei: Uhlandstraße 50, 46397 Bocholt
Spinnerei: Industriestraße 5, 46395 Bocholt


How to get here

A3 Oberhausen – Arnheim. Coming from Oberhausen take the Hamminkeln exit, from Arnheim take the Bocholt/Rees exit.


Public transport

Bocholt can be reached by bus from Münster and the Netherlands and from Wesel by bus and railway. From the railway station it is around 200 metres on foot to the spinning mill and about 900 metres to the weaving mill.


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Opening hours

Di-So 10-18 Uhr


Adults 3.00 euros
Groups of 16 people:
2,50 euros per person
Children/young adults from 6 to 17 years and pupils 1,50 euros
Pupils incl. guided tour 1,10 euros
(2 accompanying persons free)
reduced rate* 2.00 euros
Family day ticket 7.50 euros

* recipients of running benefits in accordance with Sozialgesetzbuch II and XII, students (exception: "mature studies"), apprentices, performers of national voluntary services, dependants in voluntary social and ecological year, severely disabled persons from 80% (accompanying person free)

Eat and Drink

Weaving mill: "Schiffchen" museum restaurant

Spinning mill: "SKY-Lounge" café bistro



The two-part, silk bustle skirt from the mid-1880s reflected the contemporary ideal of beauty.

(1) The two-part, silk bustle skirt from the mid-1880s reflected the contemporary ideal of beauty.

The champagne-coloured evening dress in sans-ventre style from the first decade of the twentieth century emphasises the bodice and chest area.

(2) Champagne-coloured evening dress in sans-ventre style, emphasising the bodice and chest area.

Picture Credits

(1) LWL-Industriemueum/Martin Holtappels / (2) LWL-Industriemueum/Martin Holtappels