Explore: The Deutsches Museum in Munich

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The Deutsches Musem in Munich is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to technology and engineering in the world. I suppose it’s got a slightly unfair advantage on that score as it’s not just one museum. In fact, the collections on display are actually housed at three separate locations around Munich!

Okay, technically that’s not quite true. The Deutsches Museum also has a museum in Bonn, focused on research and technology post-1945. If you’re visiting Munich though, Bonn is a fair trek of around 6 hours by car – so we’ll just stick to the locations in the Bavarian capital.

Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim

Located outisde of Munich’s centre at Oberschleissheim, this branch of the Deutsches Museum is all about aircraft technology. With around 70 aircraft on display, you’ll see items from the earliest days of aviation up to present day. When we visited, the museum was also hosting some sort of remote controlled aircraft day, with children and adults alike showing off their flight-capable models and making use of the large grassy fields around the museum.

The museum itself is housed on an old military airbase founded just before World War I, with the oldest building on site dating from 1912. It’s called the Kommandantur or ‘command headquarters’ and is home to an exhibition highlighting the history of the airfield. If you’re in the area, it’s certainly worth a look as the history of the base might not be quite what you’d expect. Spoiler: After World War II, Schleissheim accommodated the American armed forces for quite some time!

It’s easy to get here by S-Bahn (S1) or car. There’s plenty of places to park in the area too, as the museum is just down the road from the Schleissheim palace complex. There you’ll find three palaces, a large, beautiful garden (free entry) and a nice Biergarten – perfect for sunny days!

Location | Flugwerft Schleissheim, Effnerstraße 18, 85764 Oberschleissheim
Opening Times | Daily, 9am to 5pm  –  closed on specific holidays
Admission | €6 Adults
Find Out More | Flugweft Schleissheim Website

Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

The Verkehrszentrum isn’t terribly far from Munich centre, with a very easy U-Bahn journey to the front door (U4/U5). This building houses the Deutsches Museum’s transport collection.

Inside you’ll find three halls, featuring various modes of transport from Munich and further afield. There’s cars and trams, buses, bikes and trains. Even though I’m not a ‘train spotter’ or car geek, I had fun wandering around the exhibits. We spent around 90 minutes here, though by no means were we reading everything. You could definitely spend much longer exploring.

Practically everything comes with both German and English language translations, so don’t worry that you might miss out. In the first hall, make sure to look out for the large books towards the middle left (they’re attached to white boards and the sturdy printed ‘pages’ can be turned). Inside you’ll find images of Munich throughout the years and it’s really interesting to see how the city developed and altered its transport infrastructure. I couldn’t imagine seeing Marienplatz with the trams running at street level – but they did! Also fun is seeing images from the 50’s imagining the transport of the future. I have a feeling we’ve let those folks down!

There’s plenty here for kids to do too – we heard lots of them having a great time. With a large kids zone (though I did spy a parent having fun making a supersized mecano set into a helicopter!), a really great looking spiral slide (I wanted to have a go!), a model train set and things to touch and play with, the little ones should be happy for a while.

Location | Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, Am Bavariapark 5, Theresienhöhe 15, 80339 Munich
Opening Times | Daily, 9am to 5pm  –  closed on specific holidays
Admission | €6 Adults
Find Out More | Verkehrzentrum Website

Deutsches Museum on Museumsinsel

Located practically in the centre of Munich, this is the main spot for visitors to the Deutsches Museum to head to. Focusing on the concept of “Masterpieces of Science and Technology”, the sizable museum has around 25,000 square metres of floor space to fill.

Unfortunately for me, during our time in Munich significant parts of the Deutsches Museum have remained inaccessible. That’s because the museum has embarked upon a massive renovation project – due for completion in 2020! Then phase two will start… lasting until 2025. Don’t let it put you off though, as the museum guarantees at least half of the exhibits will remain accessible throughout.

So what can you expect to find? Exhibits range from Historic Aviation to Pharmaceutics, Ceramics, Astronomy and Computers. There’s areas for Glass Technology, Technical Toys and Physics. In fact, in the Energy Technology section we stumbled across a presentation (German language) on electricity. Watching a presenter get into a metal ball, hoisted into the air and have electricity pelted at the cage was really quite something (above).

As you’ll probably guess from the images above, many of the currently accessible areas do feel quite dated and unengaging. Though there’s English language descriptions on the displays, it’s in an italicised, smaller font and doesn’t quite have the same content. But still, they’re there. Which means you’ll always know what you’re looking at.

Newer sections (like Pharmaceutics), do better at livening the subject matter up. The section is more modern and interactive with greater attention given to English descriptions. Given that, I’m really keen to see what the museum’s been working on when the current upgrade is finally finished.

Despite the current building works, there’s still an awful lot to see here. If you’re interested in a wide selection of technology, it’d be hard to dismiss the massive Deutsches Museum from your itinerary!

Location | Deutsches Museum, Museumsinsel 1, 80538 Munich
Opening Times | Daily, 9am to 5pm  –  closed on specific holidays
Admission | €11 Adults, Free for children under 6, €4 for those aged 6-15
Find Out More | Deutsches Museum Website

Note: A Combined Ticket for all three locations (without time limit) is currently priced at €16

Always check with the Museums to confirm any details important to you before you travel!

10th February, 2018
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