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Demonstration of a high-voltage current with a lightning discharge.Photo: Deutsches Museum
  • Demonstration

High-Voltage Unit

The show classic with a million volts: During the demonstration of the high-voltage system, lightning regularly strikes and a staff member is under high voltage current - in a Faraday cage. Caution, it can get loud!

During the demonstration, visitors can experience high-voltage phenomena up close: effective experiments with alternating voltage of up to 300,000 volts and up to 1,000 amperes, experiments with pulse voltages that reach a maximum voltage of almost one million volts in two millionths of a second and thus simulate lightning strikes. During the Faraday cage demonstration, a museum staff member is raised up three metres high in a wire mesh cage and subjected to a lightning strike.


Be careful - it can get very noisy! Our staff will warn you beforehand and by "covering your ears" the demonstration is also suitable for the whole family.

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