Many visitors who go to the German Museum of Technology for the first time are initially completely taken aback. There seems to be a huge aeroplane stuck right into the façade of the building.
If you come a little closer, you can marvel at the uniqueness of the outer façade of the extension. A “Rosinen Bomber” has actually been integrated into the building, giving the Museum of Technology a unique appearance even from the outside.
Berlin was a city rich in museums until the Second World War. There were 100 museums dealing with technology alone. Countless exhibits were destroyed or lost during the war.
It took a very long time before a technology museum was opened again in Berlin. It was only in 1983 that the people of Berlin were able to enjoy the museum. A lot was achieved on the site within a very short time and, in addition to new buildings and extensions, two locomotive sheds, the Museum Park, the Spectrum Science Centre, the Historic Brewery and the Technoversum were built.
Today, one day is almost not enough to discover everything in this museum. The permanent exhibitions are diverse and are supplemented by special exhibitions.
For us, a visit to the Museum of Technology is always exciting. A visit is worthwhile not only in bad weather or during the cold season. We are particularly taken with the outdoor facilities.
A visit to the locomotive halls is never to be missed. Here you can discover over 40 railway vehicles. The view into the driver’s cabs or the compartments is particularly exciting. There are uniforms, dining car dishes, signals and suitcases to discover, which always make it clear to us how comfortably we travel today. I always find it impressive to stand next to a wagon or even just a wheel and experience the size of the trains.
But a visit to the department of aerospace technology is not to be missed either. Here you can admire full-size aircraft and learn a lot about the history of aviation. Many of the exhibits hang high up under the ceiling of the museum – it’s a pity sometimes I would like to climb aboard and experience the feeling of flying in times gone by.
On our last visit, we were able to take part in the guided tour of the historic brewery. I found it very interesting, especially the explanations about beer production excited me. Now I also know what I’m drinking.
If you have time during your visit to Berlin, you should not miss this museum and also definitely plan to visit the Science Center Spectrum. The building is only a few steps away from the main building. Here you can experience technology. Touching and trying things out is allowed and it’s great fun to discover the world of technology. It is not unusual for the experiment stations to be besieged by adults who experience technology with shining eyes. In the mornings, you can see groups of children expanding their knowledge, helped by the staff who are also happy to demonstrate experiments.
I discover something new here every time!
This makes a visit to the museum fun!
Trebbiner Straße 9
Opening hours (as of 2020):
Tuesday – Friday: 9.00 -17.30
Saturday / Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
Public holidays: see website of the operator
Opening hours of the Museum Park (weather permitting)
Tuesday to Friday: 9.00 -17.00
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays: 10.00 – 17.30
Admission fees (as of 2020):
Children under 6 years: free
The tickets are valid on the same day for the German Museum of Technology, the exhibition area in the Ladenstraße and the Science Center Spectrum.