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The big space for little explorers

The Kids’ Kingdom under the Aviation Hall invites everyone between the ages of three and eight to playfully take their first steps into the world of science and technology. At the light table or in the giant guitar, on the pulleys, on the pedal copter or in the water play area with sluice and scoop wheel, optical, acoustic or mechanical phenomena can be experienced on and with their own bodies. In addition, there are many tips and hints from the museum mascot Milla, exciting insights into the museum and plenty of space for action and recreation. “In the Kids’ Kingdom, touching is expressly desired. Children can explore the exhibition in their own way and with all their senses, and the many hands-on stations relate to the everyday lives of our young visitors,” says Rabea Beschta, research assistant in the Kids’ Kingdom team.

The centerpiece of the new exhibition is Milla's wonder machine, which extends throughout the entire space: a discovery area with a wide variety of demonstrations - from a marble run and sky tent to a shadow theater, mirror cabinet, music room and water play area. Here, the little explorers can really let off steam in the various themed worlds of straight & crooked (gravity), me & you (communication), strong & fast (power, movement, energy), light & dark (light, optics, astronomy), loud & quiet (sound, acoustics, music) or wet & windy (nature).

“Children learn by playing. We offer all visitors the opportunity to experience things through play and thus learn about science and technology,” says curator Ralf Spicker. “We have taken particular care to ensure that our exhibition is barrier-free and inclusive in all respects: the few texts are easy to read and understand. Many demonstrations are truly accessible to all. And we have some additional offerings for people with disabilities.”

Pictures of well-known and lesser-known exhibits along the wall invite visitors to discover the entire museum. This is also where the Explorers’ Lab is located, where workshops are held that sometimes take the younger visitors on a tour of the Deutsches Museum as well. Those who prefer to go off on their own can pick up brochures for special kids’ tours at the reception desk.

On the other side of the children's exhibition, along the window front, you can build your own marble runways and arch bridges in the construction and experimentation areas. In addition, a spacious seating area offers plenty of room to take a breather with a view of the museum garden including the rescue cruiser Theodor Heuss.

Facts and Figures:
Location: Level -1
Exhibition area: 1100 sqm
Demonstrations: 25
Diorama: 1

Highlight: The big darling
The fire truck (Mercedes-Benz L 4500, built approx. 1953): Here you can not only climb behind the wheel, but also learn a lot about the rescuers and their vehicle.