The Natural Sciences
History of the Museum – from its Founding to its Renovation
The museum was founded by Oskar von Miller and based on a completely new concept. He wanted to create an international museum that would represent all areas of science and technology.
Exhibition closedThe second half of the museum is currently being renovated, which is why this area has been closed since July 2022. The modernisation of the exhibition is scheduled to be completed in 2028, the 125th anniversary of the museum's founding.
The Museum of Science and Technology Masterpieces
With a commitment to vividly communicating the role of science and technology, the Deutsches Museum would become a pioneer in promoting the modern “Public Understanding of Science”.
The exhibition makes it clear that the rapid development of the museum would not have been possible without numerous friends, patrons and sponsors, or the great commitment of its staff. It offers a look behind the scenes into the “inner workings” of the museum, which usually remain hidden from visitors.
Four chronological sections present the founding and development of the museum, the move to the building on the island in 1925, the extensions and then the destruction caused during the war up to 1945, followed by the museum’s reconstruction and reorientation in the post-war period right up to the present day. Grouped around the chronology are the topics of collecting, preserving, exhibiting, documenting, educating and researching, which also represent the basic tasks of the museum.
1903The year the Deutsches Museum was founded
1925The year the museum opened on Museum Island
1,500The approximate number of piles driven into the island’s soil during the museum's construction
Founders’ and Benefactors’ Documentation
Three display cases document the principles of the founders that underpinned the creation of the museum. The centrepiece is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s deed of donation from 1906.
A Museum on Piles
The museum building stands on over 1,500 concrete piles, which were driven down up to seven metres into the island’s soil. The construction process is explained with the help of photographs and drawings.
Objects and People
A look at the historical presentation of objects in the Deutsches Museum and the work of the Exhibition Service and Workshops.
Large Display Cases
The two large central display cases contain a broad spectrum of the museum’s collection: from the Magdeburg hemispheres to original equipment associated with the discovery of nuclear fission.
Inside the History of the Museum Exhibition
A Brief Tour through the Museum’s History
Dr. Wilhelm Füßl, former director of the Deutsches Museum Archives, guides us through the exhibition on the history of the Deutsches Museum and presents highlights from the museum’s history. The film is currently only available in German.
- 269 sqm exhibition area
Dr. Florian Breitsameter
Abteilung Pharmazie, Medizintechnik und Museumsgeschichte
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