The Deutsches Museum is located in Munich, Germany and is the world’s largest Museum in terms of science and technology. Every year 1.3 million people visit the museum and 28,000 new projects from 50 different fields in science and technology are exhibited.
On June 28th, in the year 1903, the museum was founded by Oskar von Miller, a German Engineer, at the German Engineers Association meeting. Munich City presented Coal Island for the museum. The exhibit collections came from the Bavarian Academy in Munich City. The temporary exhibits were opened in the museum on November 12th in the year 1906. The next day the foundation for the Deutsches Museum was created.
The museum was officially opened on May 2nd in 1925, on Oskar von Miller 70th birthday. From that day on, the museum contained the important documents of the library. During the World War II, the museum building was severely damaged and about 20% of all other museums were destroyed. The museum was restored in 1945.
Around the year 1950, the museum’s attention to science and technology diminished and such exhibits were reduced in number. In the year 1969, this changed with the Apollo 8 space shell exhibit titled “Man and Space”. Because of this exhibit, technology was again given importance at the museum.
In present day, the Deutsches Museum contains a collection of airplanes including German planes from 1950 through 1960 and Russian and Vietnamese fighter planes. It also contains a workshop, which is dedicated to the airplanes. In 1995, a new branch of the Deutsches Museum was opened in Boon City, Germany that displayed German science and technology. There were also a number of exhibits belonging to different fields, which are listed below:
• Amateur Radio
• Bridge Building
• Electrical Power
• Energy Technology
• History of the Deutsches Museum
• Hydraulic engineering
• Machine Components
• Machine Tools
• Marine Navigation
• Mathematical Gallery
• Mining (Historical and Modern)
• Mineral Oil and Natural Gas
• Power Machinery
• Scientific Instruments
• Textile Technology
• Tunnel Construction
• Weights and Measures
The museum opens at 9.00 am and closes at 5.00 pm, but some departments of the museum stay open until 8pm. The entry fee is about 8.50 Euros for adults and 3 Euros for children.