The Deutsches Museum located in Munich, Germany is a german museum and the world’s largest technology and science museum .
The main site of the Deutsches Museum is a small island in the Isar river . The island did not have any buildings prior to 1772 because it was regularly flooded prior to the building of the Sylvensteinspeicher. In addition to the main site on the Museumsinsel, the museum has two branches in Munich and one in Bonn. The Flugwerft Schleißheim branch is located some 18 kilometers north of Munich’s city center close to Schleißheim Palace. It comprises the old air control and command center building as well as modern buildings added in 2003.
The museum was founded on June 28, 1903, at a meeting of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) as an initiative of Oskar von Miller after they received the Museumsinsel island for free. The full name of the museum in English is German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology
A few months prior to the summer 1903 meeting of the Society of German Engineers Oskar von Miller gathered a small group who supported his desire to found a science and technology museum which spontaneously donated 260,000 marks .
On November 12, 1906 the temporary exhibits at the National Museum are ceremonially opened to the public and on November 13 the foundation stone was laid for the permanent museum.
During 2nd World War, control of the Deutsches Museum reverted to the Nazi party who used it for propaganda films and exhibits. In 1944, near the end of the war, the building was hit by numerous air strikes. More than 80% of the structure was destroyed many exhibits were damaged or destroyed.
In 1996 the Bavarian Government gave buildings at the historic Theresienhöhe site in Munich to the Deutsches Museum resulting in the creation of the new transportation museum, the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, which opened in 2003 and now houses the automobile and train exhibits
Deutsches Museum exhibits
Exhibits at the Deutsches Museum are many and varied and cover topics such as :
- marine navigation
Deutsches Museum is world’s largest technology and science museum renowned for its incredible historic artifacts . German Museum is one of the best attractions in Munich , appropriate for visitors of all ages. Like all good science and technology museums, the Deutsches Museum will keep kids pushing buttons, turning cranks, and flipping switches. They’ll never be bored!
Deutsches Museum receives more than 1.5 million visitors per year with about 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields of science and technology and offers special workshops and lectures for all ages.
The museum has also English speaking guides that are available to answer questions and demonstrate exhibits and most of the museums signs are translated into English too.