The Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin is a non-profit foundation that operates two outstanding institutions devoted to the history of technology in Germany’s capital city: the Deutsches Technikmuseum and the Science Center Spectrum. Together, they receive over 600,000 visitors each year. In the spirit of our motto, “For explorers!,” we focus on the excitement of technology and the joy of experimentation.
The Deutsches Technikmuseum, located in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, is one of the world’s leading museums of technology. Its location is rich in history: right next to the “Gleisdreieck” transportation hub, it stands on the grounds of what was once the “Anhalter Bahnhof” freight depot. The “Candy Bomber” cargo plane suspended from its roof has become an internationally recognized symbol. Its 26,500 square meters of exhibition space offer visitors an exciting journey through the cultural history of technology. It features fascinating exhibitions on aviation, shipping, rail transport, the world of network technology, sugar, automobiles, film technology, computer history, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, and much more. From the very beginning, we have sought to communicate the history of technology by focusing on the relationship between people and technology. The idyllic Museum Park, with its mills, pond, and brewery, is an urban oasis.
Located next to the Museum is the Science Center Spectrum, a building full of experiments. To be precise, 2,000 square meters of space are devoted to 150 hands-on science and technology experiments. As an interactive learning environment outside of the traditional school milieu, Spectrum stands in the tradition of public science outreach inspired by the ideas of Alexander von Humboldt and embodied in Urania Berlin (1888-1928). Our multifaceted exhibitions and educational offerings are complemented by an excellent public library devoted to the history of technology, as well as by an historical archive.
The Deutsches Technikmuseum and the Science Center Spectrum focus on visitors’ interests and try to make their exhibitions relatable to everyday life, thus making them increasingly popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. They impart knowledge about technological development and encourage discussion about various issues related to it. In this way, the Foundation makes an important contribution to the informed discussion of central questions of our time.