Lebendiger Webstuhl beim Kirchentag


Beim ersten Frauenkirchentag in der Region Nord lernten die Teilnehmerinnen auch den lebendigen Webstuhl aus dem Haus der Seidenkultur kennen. Außerdem gab's zahlreiche Workshops. Mehr unter folgendem Link:


Landtagspräsidentin im Haus der Seidenkultur


Landtagspräsidentin Carina Gödecke besuchte das Haus der Seidenkultur. Damit löste die Politikerin ein Versprechen ein, das sie dem HdS in Düsseldorf gab, wo das Museum zum 70. NRW-Geburtstag mit einem Stand präsent war. Mehr über den prominenten Besuch unter


NRW-Fest: Hannelore Kraft besuchte Krefelder Seidenkultur


70 Jahre NRW, ein Großaufgebot vieler Vereine und Organisationen, die sich in der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf am verlängerten Wochenende präsentierten. Als einzige Einrichtung aus Stadt Krefeld präsentierte sich das Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) am Fuße des düsseldorfer Landtages. Die NRW-Stiftung hatte das Museum von der Luisenstraße 15 als Beitragskandidat favorisiert; „weil die Organisatoren des Industriedenkmals Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft der einstigen Textilstadt perfekt darstellen.“

Zu den prominentesten Besuchern am HdS-Stand gehörten NRW-Ministerpräsidentin Hannelore Kraft (Mitte) und Sylvia Löhrmann, Ministerin für Schule und Weiterbildung, zugleich Vize-Ministerpräsidentin.

Links Harry Voigstberger, Präsident der NRW-Stiftung, daneben Klaus Drenk vom HdS-Vorstand, der die Organisation für die Düsseldorf-Präsenz übernahm.

Weitere prominente Besucher waren Innenminister Ralf Jäger, Umweltminister Johannes Remmel und NRW-Landtagspräsidentin Carina Gödecke. „Ich muss Ihr Museum unbedingt in Krefeld  besuchen“, meinte die Ministerin voller Begeisterung über das Krefelder Engagement.                                              HdS-Foto: NRW-Press

Freute sich über einen Seidenschal aus dem Haus der Seidenkultur: NRW-Landtagspräsidentin Carina Gödecke.                   HdS-Foto: Brenner


Silk culture in the summer programme of the SPD party


SPD speaks of Haus der Seidenkultur

as being a jewel in the centre of Krefeld

As part of its summer programme, the SPD party Krefeld-Mitte visited Haus der Seidenkultur. Halide Özkurt and Claus Minwegen organized the tour. On its own website the SPD in describing the visit says: „Haus der Seidenkultur – a jewel in the centre of Krefeld.“

Read more about this visit by following the link:


A suitcase of Silk and Velvet


A suitcase of Silk and Velvet
is the title of the new (temporary) exhibition which is being presented from 19.06. to 02.10.2016 in the museum in Luisenstrasse 15.  It tells the history of the Hubert Gotzes weaving factory for ecclesiastical textiles which opened a subsidiary in Chicago at the beginning of the 19th century. Fascinating stories and unique exhibits in the form of textiles and documents show how the Krefeld-based weaving factory was connected to the former branch in the USA, what became of it and what new insights a suitcase from Chicago has given the present museum.
Read more about it under “Exhibitions”.


Premiere for the HdS film


Premiere for the HdS film
Town Walk on the Silk Route

Part of the event on 31st January in the museum in Luisenstraße:
To close the successful exhibition "Vom Krähenfeld zur Seidenwelt" (From Crow Field to Silk World) Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) is hosting the premiere of the film “Town Walk on the Silk Route” on Sunday, 31st January at 11.00 o’clock in the museum in Luisenstraße.
The film – produced in HD quality in the autumn 2015 -  tells amongst other things the story of the Krefeld Mennonites and their significance for the Silk and Velvet Town. For example, the minister Christoph Wiebe, will explain which role the king of England played in the town history of Krefeld.
Other actors also have their say such as Klaus Drenk, in the film Master Ponzelar; and town guide and scriptwriter Dieter Brenner, who will conduct us through the closing event of the exhibition. “We would not have been able to realise the production without the support of the Bayer-Uerdingen Photo-Film Club” says Brenner, who expressed his appreciation to the members of the Uerdingen club for their technical assistance and for the loan of the recording equipment.

The musical contribution to the exhibition closing event is being provided by the singer Julia Kaps, who with the song “My Krefeld” has made a name for herself beyond the borders of the Silk Town.  Producer Wolfgang Jachtmann will explain how the Krefeld hit came into being.
The event is being staged jointly by Haus der Seidenkultur and the VHS which wants to underline once more the connection between Krefeld today and the former textile town.

Scene from the film-shooting.  In the centre Master Ponzelar with the spindle boy Elias. On the right: scriptwriter and town guide Dieter Brenner


Town Mayor Frank Meyer is the new patron of Silk Culture


Mayor Frank Meyer is now the patron of the museum Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) in Luisenstraße 15.

“We really appreciate the fact that the newly elected mayor has accepted our proposal,” was the delight reaction of HdS-Chairman Hansgeorg Hauser to this news at the recent board meeting of the Association of Friends.

Above all because Meyer, who has been a member of the Association of Friends of HdS for many years, has always taken a keen interest in the museum which represents part of Krefeld.

At the same time, Hauser thanked the outgoing patron, Gregor Kathstede, who through his initiatives during the refurbishment period made a significant contribution to the former Hubert Gotzes Weaving Factory for Ecclesiastical Textiles being preserved so that this industrial monument can tell the fascinating story of the Silk and Velvet Town and demonstrate former textile craftsmanship at authentic workplaces.

Hauser: “With our new patron, Frank Meyer, we can be certain that the work of our staff, most of whom are volunteers, can continue to promote awareness of the history of the town of Krefeld.”


A Day in Krefeld on Silken Paths


organised by Haus der Seidenkultur

“We sell Krefeld”, is the word from Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS), where in addition to guided tours of the museum more and more topic-related touristic programmes are now on offer.

HdS spokesperson, Dieter Brenner, describes what “a Day in Krefeld on Silken Paths” might look like: „Following a guided tour of the museum, we serve an original “Niederrheinische Kaffeetafel” (tea and cake) in the museum itself or take a short walk along the “Silk Route” to a rustic pub full of paintings of Krefeld where typical dishes from the Lower Rhine area are served together with beer brewed in the town. Afterwards the town walk continues and can end with a tour of the St. Dionysius church or the St. Josef church including a short organ concert.” HdS also offers a 90-minute guided tour of the town by coach. Important for Dieter Brenner is that: “these tours combine past, present and future in the Silk and Velvet Town.”

Recently HdS organised an event with a great deal of contrast for the Lions Club. After the guided tour of the museum followed by coffee and cake, the club members – including guests from Amsterdam – travelled to Uerdingen with the historic tram, the “Blue Gentian”. There they had a guided tour of the Dujardin brandy distillery and enjoyed an evening buffet in the “Alten Küferei” (former coopers’ workshop).

“We take care of all the arrangements for these programmes and adapt them to the specific requirements of our clients“, says Brenner who plans the tours together with his team.

If you have now gained a taste for Krefeld and would like to find out more, then contact the Visitors’Service under telephone number 02151-510812 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Discover Krefeld from another perspective with the “Blauen Enzian” (Blue Gentian). The Lions Club had booked a trip to Uerdingen with the tram for its guests from Amsterdam.


Master Ponzelar and Cornelius de Greiff join the guests from Haus der Seidenkultur in the pub “Wienges” where local dishes from the Lower Rhine area are served accompanied by typical Krefeld sayings. And as an extra bonus to the menu there is a “Silk Soup”.

Photos: HdS


A completely new feeling for Krefeld in the modern Haus der Seidenkultur


A completely new feeling for Krefeld in the modern Haus der Seidenkultur

“Sensational with three exclamation marks” is the opinion of a professor visiting the re-opened Haus der Seidenkultur following the refurbishment. “The top address for Silk Culture” and “New Start instead of Demise” were the headlines in the press. “Textile culture in Krefeld has come alive again” is how the WDR television described it in a report broadcast via the regional channels in Düsseldorf, Duisburg and in the Lower Rhine area

The culture editor of a Krefeld newspaper put it in a nutshell in his comments under the heading “A completely new feeling for Krefeld”:

“Haus der Seidenkultur, until recently an impressive, slightly fusty industrial monument with provincial charm has been re-opened as a modern museum. The concepts developed by the Association of Friends sound convincing. At best the museum will give both adults and children a completely new feeling for the history of the town.”

You can read more of what the media wrote about the refurbished and modern Haus der Seidenkultur under the heading Press and also visit us yourselves so that you too “gain a completely new feeling for Krefeld.”





Each part of Haus der Seidenkultur guides you to a different exciting period in the textile culture of Krefeld.