Grand Projects

This page contains information on grant projects at the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin.

Energy-Efficiency Refurbishment

Funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE)

Funds provided by BENE (Berlin Program for Sustainable Development), which is supervised by the program executing agency B.&S.U. mbH, will be used to carry out energy-efficiency measures at the Deutsches Technikmuseum between February 2021 and March 2022. Individual components in the areas that include the "old building" (entrance), the engine shed with the middle construction and the Beamtenhaus will be refurbished. The retrofit will cover exterior door and window systems as well as facade glazing. The focus here is on reducing Co2 emissions by optimizing the energy efficiency of the building envelope. The monument protection existing in some areas will be taken into account. The goal: By using the emission and primary energy factors of the program executing agency, the entirety of the measures taken could reduce primary energy consumption by 860 MWh and CO2 emissions by around 165.5 tons annually. The representative for the project's developer and owner is Berliner Immobilien Management GmbH (BIM); the developer/owner is the State of Berlin.

Colonial History at the Deutsches Technikmuseum

Funded by the state of Berlin’s “Zeitgeschichte und Erinnerungskultur” project fund.

The goal of the project "Colonial History at the Deutsches Technikmuseum – A New Approach to the Prussian-Brandenburg Slave Trade" is to initiate a critical examination of the colonial contexts at the museum through an initial pilot project in the Shipping and Navigation collections. The aim is to develop a clear position on the topic of colonization in the context of one's own institution through differentiated reflection and discussion. Funding will be provided for 12 months starting in April 2020.

The starting point is an exhibition module dealing with the Brandenburg-Prussian slave trade that has since been dismantled. Here, in collaboration with the museums’s project partner „DEKOLONIALE Erinnerungskultur in der Stadt“ and other suitable external experts, a new approach to the issue of colonialism and museums will be developed through the medium of an artistic performance and subsequent workshops. Within that framework, the following questions will be addressed: What responsibility does the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) have as regards reappraising colonial contexts? Which objects in the Deutsches Technikmuseum have strong links to colonialism and have their provenances been clarified? How should colonial history be presented in the museum? Who needs to be included in the discussion?

Online publication

Supplementary to the project, the state of Berlin’s “Zeitgeschichte und Erinnerungskultur” project fund is sponsoring a joint publication with the Stadtmuseum Berlin Foundation and the Brücke-Museum. The publication is primarily aimed at museum staffs. It bases its discussion of the issue of colonialism and museums on three practical examples found in the three participating institutions.

Redesign of the Rail Transport exhibition

Funded by the German Lottery Foundation Berlin (DKLB)

The aim of the project is to give the exhibition in Anhalter Bahnhof's historic engine sheds a new, contemporary design. The Rail Transport is one of the museum`s most popular and oldest exhibitions at the museum. The redesign keeps the trademark feature, which is the unique atmosphere of the listed buildings filled with the authentic smell of soot and oil, and develops it further. Instead of presenting the impressive trains and railway objects as technical behemoths, there will be an emphasis on their stories and cultural-historical references in order to make them more approachable and capable of being personally experienced.

With the help of digital technologies, the buildings and exhibits will be enhanced to create a novel, immersive experience. The new exhibition will establish links to relevant contemporary topics such as mobility and sustainability and will reach out to the museum's diverse and international audience. A contemporary exhibition design will offer an exciting, varied and easily accessible exhibition experience while ensuring a welcoming atmosphere and reliable orientation.

Project period: November 2019 until December 2022

Provenance Research

Funded by the German Lost Art Foundation

From May 2019 to May 2020, the pilot project "Identification of Nazi-looted goods in collections of technical history", which was funded by the German Lost Art Foundation, developed a strategy for systematically investigating collection holdings.

Following on from this, a more in-depth examination of the collections was begun in May 2020. The two-year project "Identification of Nazi-looted goods in the collection of the Deutsches Technikmuseum inventoried between 1982 and 1989" is again being funded by the German Lost Art Foundation.

Typographical Cultural heritage

Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

"Making the invisible visible: Berlin's typographical cultural heritage in Open Access" is a joint project of the Erik Spiekermann Foundation gGmbH, the Berlin Art Library – State Museum of Berlin and the Berlin State Library. Funding will be provided for one year beginning January 2021 as part of the Digitization of Cultural Heritage funding program.

The goals are to help typography gain more visibility, to advance the digitization of Berlin's typographic cultural heritage, and to expand the basis for further research. Historical printed matter, type specimen books and press proofs are to be indexed, digitized and made available in Open Access. This should also lay the foundation for a wide array of outreach activities targeting specific groups.

Railcar Cleaning hall

Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Since its foundation in 1984, the Deutsches Technikmuseum has reconstructed more and more buildings from the former Anhalter Bahnhof depot for exhibition purposes. One of the last ruins, the railcar cleaning hall from 1890, is to be reconstructed. The Land Transport and Energy and Utilities divisions will thus be provided with around 1,600 square meters of additional space for new exhibits as well as rooms for educational offerings. The new hall will have a large glass front that looks out over the popular Gleisdreieck Park, thus allowing people to look in on this part of the museum from the outside. Future plans include a new south entrance to the museum grounds in or at the railcar shed.

The planned exhibits include outstanding objects from the Alstom Company's factory museum. Of particular note is one of the famous streamlined high-speed railcars of the 1930s, the so-called "Flying Trains", a kind of ICE precursor, which in those days were cleaned and prepared for their next trip in this hall.

Project period: January 2020 until December 2023