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Phone: +49 (0) 89 2179-1
Fax: +49 (0) 89 2179-324
Website: http://www.deutsches-muse

Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum is Germany’s most popular museum, with around 1.3 million visitors a year. It is also one of the leading international centres for research into our modern culture that is shaped by science and technology.

Research is carried out by teams made up of scientific staff (including trainees) in the various sections of the museum and at the museum’s own research institute for the history of science and technology. The Museum also has close ties with the relevant departments of the three universities in Munich, via its cooperation with the MZWTG (Munich centre for the history of science and technology). The Deutsches Museum offers the colleges invaluable support on the teaching side as well.

The Deutsches Museum Archive is one of Europe’s most important archives specializing in the history of science and technology. Altogether it has some 4500 m of shelves holding source documents and other archive material on this subject. Particular points of emphasis are transport and aerospace, computing, and the history of physics and chemistry. The material is divided into 15 collections.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

The Deutsches Museum possesses over 100 000 objects from the fields of science and technology. The large number of valuable original exhibits makes the Deutsches Museum one of the most important museums of science and technology anywhere in the world. The collections are not restricted to any specialized range of topics: they include objects from mining to atomic physics, from the Altamira cave to a magnified model of a human cell. They extend from the Stone Age to the present time. Collecting historically significant objects is still one of the Museum’s central tasks, so that the stock is constantly growing.

About a quarter of the objects are on exhibition – in the main museum on the island in the river, at the transport museum on the Theresienhöhe, in the hangar at Schleißheim airfield, and in the Deutsches Museum Bonn. These illustrate important developments in science and technology, right down to current research.

Among the particular highlights (besides many others!) are the first motorized aircraft built by the Wright brothers, the U1 submarine, the first program-controlled computer (Conrad Zuse’s Z3), and Diesel’s original engine on the island; the first motorcar by Karl Benz in the transport museum; the Douglas DC3 at Schleißheim; and the first Fischer wall plug in Bonn.

Main departments
Materials and production
Communication and information
Musical Instruments
Children’s Museum
Giant screen cinema


Exhibitions are the result of a symbiosis of objects (exhibits), specialist knowledge and research, architecture and layout. They are not the only form of presentation in the Deutsches Museum, but they are the most effective. We are constantly restructuring our various exhibitions; many of them are now interactive; all convey information from the past and present of science and technology.

Besides the many permanent exhibitions we always have one or more special exhibitions on current topics in science, technology, and research. More (in german) http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/exhibitions/sonderausstellungen/

A brochure entitled Masterworks from the Deutsches Museum presents a few of these outstanding inventions. You can find out more about them here under Selected Objects.

We are also currently showing a synopsis of some of the objects from the fields of transport, power machinery, and machine tools.

Previous Exhibitions

Archive online http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/archives/archiv-online/


Admission costs € 8.50 for adults, € 3 for children aged 6 and over, € 7 per person for groups.

Certain special offers are available; or you can become a subscribing member. Please inquire here : http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/preislisten/admission-charges/

Opening hours

Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
The museum is closed only on January 1, Shrove Tuesday, Good Friday, May 1, November 1, and December 24, 25, and 31. On December 13 the museum is closed at 13:30.

The opening times for the Library and our branch museums are slightly different.

Getting there

All rapid-transit (S-Bahn) lines to Isartor station; Underground lines U1 and U2 to Fraunhofer Str.; bus no. 131 to Boschbrücke; tram no. 17 to Isartor; tram no. 18 to Deutsches Museum.

Street parking is very restricted. There are one or two multi-storey car parks within walking distance (see map http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/how-to-get-to-the-museumsinsel/ ), but we really cannot recommend coming by car.
The Munich public transport company Münchner Verkehrsverbund (MVV) provides a Park+Ride service from several stations outside the city.


Not the entire Museum is accessible to wheelchairs. Some detours may be necessary; certain galleries can be reached only by stairs; the underground mine is quite unsuitable for the disabled. Otherwise, if you need help please ask the museum staff.

The Museum Shop sells all our current publications as well as a wide range of scientific and technical books, toys, models, construction kits, etc. More: http://www.deutsches-museum-shop.com/

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

With a museums ticket you can attend concerts …… http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/konzerte/

…or lectures : http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/vortraege/
(links in german)


The use of cameras (still and video) is permitted for private purposes. Photography and recordings for publications must be arranged in advance with the Press Office: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/presse/

See the weather live at the entry of the museum http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/museumshof/


The Deutsches Museum Library is intended primarily as a research library for the history of science and technology. It is also useful for anyone interested in science and technology.

The library is open to the public at no charge.
Full computer searches are possible only for acquisitions from 1977 onwards.There is no charge for using the library or archive.

OPAC (on-line public-access catalogue) http://spbx4.bib-bvb.de:8080/webOPACClient.dmmsis/start.do?Login=wodmm

The Library is a reference library, not a lending library. This means that nearly 900 000 volumes are available for consultation at all times. 25000 of them are systematically arranged on the shelves of the Reading Room, where some 1600 current periodicals are also laid out for perusal.


Children’s Museum

Of course the entire Deutsches Museum is a museum for children of all ages! But there are a few special nooks and corners for young people with an enquiring mind, for example the Technical Toys section with a fine collection of constructional toys. Or the Children’s World with 1001 exciting things: mechanical models and the water-wave-weir, a playground full of bricks, the long-laddered fire engine, the projector room with its coloured lights and shadows, or the giant guitar – it can get a bit loud there! If you want to find out the details, you’d better come along.

More about this ... http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/exhibitions/kindermuseum/


Kids & Co

Do you enjoy finding things out? The Deutsches Museum offers young scientists plenty of opportunity for that. There are over 40 sections and exhibitions to see, and interesting demonstrations several times a day, not to mention special events to take part in. More… http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/kids-co/


Many historic instruments, models, machines and other equipment are kept in our store rooms. They can be viewed by specialists upon application (at least two weeks in advance). Telephone: +49 89 2179 459.

Venue hire

Children’s birthday parties and groups
What would you like?
A discovery workshop (ages 4 to 8)
or a guided tour (ages 8 to 12).

Treasure hunt
ages 8 to 14
Choose your own tour of discovery and find out the answers to the questions. Do you want to travel to other planets, or learn out about the world of musical instruments? There’s plenty of choice.