If you want to see a V2 rocket, Messerschmitt Me 262, or an Enigma machine, then somewhere in this vast museum of technology you will find it. Each section in this technological cornucopia felt like a turn in a game of Civilization, with each hall I discovered a new science, with familiar names like Metallurgy, Bridge Building and Machine Components. Each of these sections was overflowing with exhibits, mostly with a German flavour. Some of the sections were not as exciting as the others, but anyone with an interest in technology is bound to find something to love in here. For example I was less than enthralled by the 1976 Rotary Drilling Unit, but there was a group of Americans from the oil industry in the same place who were just overawed and running from exhibit to exhibit. It's unlikely you'd be able to give every part of the museum a decent look, even if you spent an entire day there, so I think missing the sections you aren't interested in would be the only sane way of dealing with it.
Amazingly, the main part of the museum, on the Museuminsel island in the river Isar, is only part of an even greater series of Museums. The other two are further out from the center, and focus specifically on two popular technologies: transport and aerospace. The main museum has a significant collection of aeroplanes, but the main aerospace museum at Schleissheim is based on a former military airbase and is much bigger. Both of the branch museums can be seen by purchasing a single 10 euro ticket, which allows you to visit all three over a period of a week. Alternatively you can buy individual tickets for each.
The other two branch museums are covered separately.
Since I can think back Deutsches Museum was high on my wish list. But then... it is in Munich, thus Germany and first I had to “conquer the world”. Only since recently I am a regular visitor of southern Bavaria and Munich and in February 2012 I finally managed to visit the museum.
What can I say? It is overwhelming, that’s for sure. I have read that the museum owns approx. 100.000 exhibits, and only approx. 30.000 are on permanent display. The collection grew over the time so that the original museum building on an island in Isar River was too small to house several collections. That is why the bigger exhibits have been transported to external sites: trains are in Lokwelt Freilassing (train world Freilassing), planes are in Flugwerft Schleissheim, anything regarding public transport and mobility in Verkehrszentum and there is even an offshoot in Bonn (near Cologne).
The huge areal of the museum – 50.000 m2 on eight floors – and the many different themes make visit preparation a crucial thing: unless you have a couple of months at hand, check which parts you want to see, where these are located and plan your “walking path” through the museum. On the floor map you can see which exhibits are where. Also make sure you check if the exhibits you want to see are open or not, because renovation seems to be constantly ongoing. When I was there for example the planetarium was closed. I had approx. 5 hours including lunch but still could not see everything I planned to do. It was also a bit sad to see that some exhibits, especially the ones which should be animated, did not function anymore. If the repair of these is part of the renovation process, I don’t know, I simply forgot to ask. But I was very amazed how lovely the many scientific themes were explained. Many have these little cute dioramas, some bigger and some smaller.
The museum is indeed wonderful, however keep in mind that exhibitions could be closed and, which is a real downside in my opinion, explanations at many of the exhibits are in German only, and even from just post-war times, given the fonts of typewriters.
Daily, 9:00 – 17:00 (5 p.m.).
at the time of my visit (Feb 2012), entrance fee for adults was 8,50 Euro, and 3 Euro for children age 6 – 15.
See opening hours and prices for actual prices.
The closest S-Bahn station is Isartor (5-10 min north), the closest metro station is Fraunhofer Strasse (5-10 min west). There is a bus station for bus no 132 just outside of the museum in Erhardstraße (left hand side after the bridge when you walk out of the museum).
Location of Deutsches Museum on Google Maps => Munich is three dimensional already in Google Maps :-)
© Ingrid D., September 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
For the last 2 years all my Bavarian friends have been telling me how wonderful this place is. The only way to shut them up seemed to be to go. So yesterday (22-4-13) I did.
I enjoyed it. There’s a lot to see, and I got tired so I didn’t manage it all, but that’s a good excuse to pop in for a couple of hours another time.
I liked the architecture too. Functional and not beautiful in the normal sense, but it has style and suits its purpose.
The highlights - many. The aeronautics area - full size planes, and lots of space exhibits. The computer section - great to see some of the old stuff. Some even older than me. The photographic part - I saw two old makes of camera I’ve owned. Remember the Kodak Instamatic?
They have a stunning demonstration of electric power - artificial lightning and so on - usually happens 3 times a day. Check at information when you arrive.
You’ll find a couple of self service restaurants inside, as well as a few snack bars. My lunch (pork schnitzel with French fries) was good, but a bit expensive for what it was at €8.50.
A day ticket was €8.50. It included a free pass for one of their other locations - a vehicle museum and a flight one. Children’s entry is €3. A family ticket is €17.
It’s open daily between 9 and 5, but closed on some public holidays. Check the website for precise details.
Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik - German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology - is the world's largest museum of technology and science, with approximately 1.5 million visitors per year and about 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields of science and technology.
The Deutsches Museum is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00, ticket presale from 9:00 to 16:00.
(Kid's Kingdom closes 16:30, last admission 16:00)
All S-Bahn train lines to Isartor station; underground lines U1 and U2 to Fraunhofer Strasse; bus no. 132 to Boschbrücke; tram no. 16 to the Deutsches Museum, tram no. 18 to Isartor:
If you get excited with technology and science you MUST visit Deutsches Museum, the largest museum of its kind and the most popular in Munich.
It was founded in 1903 on museumsinsel, an island on Isar river.
The museum is huge and its imposimple to visit everything in one day (not even a month will be enough I guess) as there are thousands different exhibits spread on 8 different floors! So check the plan first and choose what themes seems more interesting to you (there are about 50 different themes!). Have in mind that most of the airplanes are now located at Flugwerft Schleissheim, trains at Lokwelt Freilassing and other public transport media are located in Verkehrszebtum.
What I liked most in this museum was the fact that you can interact with many items and really see
how something works/sounds/look, what’s more there are extremely useful panels with info, photos, animated slides or video which make the experience better due to the difficulty of some scientific themes. Unfortunately some things didn’t seem to work properly or were just out of order.
We started from the engines section, we passed by the music instruments, we saw the farmacy section, we checked the cryptological divices, numerous recorders, we saw the first huge computers (some were as big as a room, in fact some of them were a room, you could walk inside them!). Then we checked many telecommunication devices, we passed by textile technology only to end up at photography section.
We didn’t have time for sections like: paper making, glass, ceramics, chemistry, chronometry, environment, hydraulic engineering, marine navigation, mathematical, physics and many many others
It’s open daily, 9:00–17:00
The entrance fee is 8,50 Euro (7e with CityTourCard)
Museum store has some funny/weird items
A great place to visit, especially if you're tired of beer and it's a rainy day, is the Deutsches Museum on Museum Insel, just east of Marienplatz. The museum contains all sorts of exhibits on science and engineering, similar to the U.S. Smithsonian.
Admission is EUR 8.50, EUR 3 for children. A Family Ticket costs EUR 17, while a 10-pack ticket (valid at either the museum or the Hellabrunn Zoo) costs EUR 60. Planetarium shows (normally in German) cost EUR 2 extra.
Open daily, 9AM-5PM. Closed selected holidays -- see the website for details.
This is a huge and great museum, with many eclectic sites inside. The main theme is to see ships, planes, equipment, and autos/vehicles-but there is so much more. They have 100,000 objects and said to have 25,000 on exhibit normally; some very large, and others small.
Side exhibits include glass blowing, paper making and the history, ceramics and how they are made, astronomy to include a planetarium (extra charge), and much more. You could easily spend 2 days here, to see all the sites in the 550,000 square foot building. We spent 4+ hours and did not see all we wanted to view.
Entry is Euro 8,50 for adults, and is open 9-5 daily.
Overwhelming is the word that best describes my reaction to a visit to the Deutsches Museum. The number of topics covered and the detail of some of the exhibits make it understandable that this museum is the largest museum of science and technology in the world.
As soon as entering the museum I would strongly recommend sitting down and deciding where you want to focus your attention on. If you don't you will likely not be able to see the exhibits that are of the most interest to you since the museum covers some 50 subject areas. My favorite exhibits were the sections on energy and medicine. The reproduction of the cave and the paintings were also outstanding.
This is a technical scientific museum, the largest we have ever seen. The museum contains over 48 subject areas covering the technical activities of civilization, each laid out in meticulous absorbing detail It has outgrown its original structures and has annexes. ( The same thing has occurred at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.). We had avoided it on two previous visits but we now had two 17 year olds in tow. They were disappointed; they chose to visit the marine and automotive sections first. Two full hours was their limit (and ours). The exhibits are primarily historical and didactic. Progress is relentless and to them irrelevant. They then headed to the BMW factory-museum where they again saw many cars that they could not afford , which was OK, but again a lot of old ones. Their factory tour was just OK too. (We escaped to the Alte Pinakothek--See Our Tips).
Before you go to the Deutsches Museum make sure you visit the website and choose and locate the areas of interest to your group on a museum map. Do not be waylaid by other attractions that you encounter. There are convenient lunch sources too.
It’s one of the oldest and largest museums of technology and engineering in the world.
It was founded in 1903 and the building in which is hosted is located on the island in the Isar.
Visiting the museum really very well would take more than a day. You can choose some of the 40 sections or, as I did, starting from what you are more interested in and finish with what you are less interested in. I'm quite satisfied of the way I visited the museum, thaks also to a guide I bought at the entrance.
Since before going to the museum I was told that all labels were written only in german I bought the guide (4euro) that helped me a lot. Anyway, in last year they have added also explications written in English.
We planned to see the Deutsches Museum on a Sunday because it is open on Sundays when many things in München are closed or operating in a lesser capacity on Sunday. This is one of the few good things I have to say about this Museum. First, let me start by saying that ever since I heard that the Deutsches Museum was the biggest and oldest Science and Technology Museum, I have been wanting to go there. I love science because the ingenuity of human beings is amazing, however, this Museum in no way paid homage to the brillant men and women that lent their time and knowledge designing the items inside it.
Here are some of my major complaints
- Museum supposedly opens at 9:00, but at 9:30 many exhibits were still closed.
- Many exhibits were broken featuring permanent looking 'out of order' stickers
- Translation of information on exhibits is inconsistent. While some items have translations into english, many do not.
- Building itself does not lend anything to the experience, plain white walls drew no attention to the objects and did not invite exploration.
- Docents or Museum help were practically non existent (when we did see one, she was reading a book rather than helping people find their way around this monsterous museum)
- Expensive, it costs 8 € a person to enter this Museum, for what? They clearly are not updating and maintaining their exhibits.
Until the Deutsches Museum updates its displays, I dont recommend it to non-german speaking travelers.
Video of Lightning in the German Museum
YOu need lot of time to see all things t this museum. Minimum should be one day. Don't go too late there, time is fast over there. There are some different, very interesting, shows. You can see one video here of a lightning. That's something you shouldn't miss. And here is a second video. You can't hear the guy, who is explainig something, so good, is almost for German speaken difficult to understand, but guess doesn't matter because for this great show you don't need an explanation :-).
Just enjoy it :-)
Us being a group of some 10 engineers, sunday morning ventured to this museum. I almost lost the group on the streets of munich, but being logical engineers, we somehow met in the subway station leading to the museum!
The museum has many many parts. Highlight include Aviation real life size planes from the WWI and II era, today, the real life coal mine (horses, carts, workers in the cracks and all!, and of course many many other stuff. So, be a good tourist and go!
spending a while in the bridges section, i wish i became a civil. damn!
With 50 exhibit sections spread over 47,000 sqm, you can easily spend days in this wonderful museum. We spent some time in the marine exhibit – huge ships – before getting to the aviation exhibit where we saw all kinds of planes from the beginning of aviation history to present day including space shuttles. It was set up so well – the whole museum is.
After a few hours in the museum we left the museum to have lunch. There are several places within walking distance.
Returning back to the museum, we went through several more sections, Bridge Building, Energy Technologies, Computers, etc. There's something of interest for everyone!
There's also a planetarium and a guided 2 1/2 hour tour (both for an extra charge).
The subject areas include: Aeronautics, Aeronautics, Agriculture/Food technology, Altamira Cave, Amateur radio, Astronautics, Ceramics/Pottery (mini-brickmaking machine), Chemistry (experiments), Computers/Mikroelectronics, Electron microscope, Energy technologies, Geodesy, Glass, Glassblowing, High-voltage unit G (very loud!), Machine tools, Marine Navigation, Metals: moulding and casting, Metals: from ore to metal, Mining, Modelrailway, Musical instruments, Observatory – West Dome, Optics, Paper (handmade), Pharmacology , Power machinery, Printing, Telecommunications, Observatory – East Dome.
The Deutsches Museum is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
Admission costs € 8.50 for adults, € 3 for children aged 6 and over, € 7 per person for groups.
There's a myriad of exhibitions in this building, everything from how your brain functions (though that's something I could never understand) to clock movements, to architectural models and something I found quite interesting, tractors.
Not something that would normally arouse any excitement in me but I have to say that the display of early model vehicles for farming was, at times, bizarre. The vastly differing solutions different people come up with for similar problems is never better displayed than here.