Deutsches Museum: Opening hours, exhibitions and ticket fees
Deutsches Museum Munich: Discover science and technology
The Deutsches Museum is one of the largest science and technology museums in the world. In around 20 departments, originals and models illustrate how technology and the laws of nature work. Here you can not only look at technology and science, but experience them first hand.
In cooperation with the cultural department and the museums
This article about Munich's museums is sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and was conceived in cooperation with the State Agency for Non-State Museums in Bavaria. The content has been coordinated between the participating museums and muenchen.de, the official city portal.
All new at the Deutsches Museum
The first part of the building of the Deutsches Museum has been renovated for almost 7 years and finally was reopened in 2022. 19 new exhibitions await you – from Chemistry to Classical Optics, from Astronautics to Aviation. Plus new demonstrations, science shows, push-button experiments, the "Forum of the Future" with its "Streaming Dome", the "Virtual Reality Lab" and much more.
Please note: For the first time in almost 100-years, visitors enter this institution of knowledge through a new entrance glass building via the Cornelius Bridge.
Why the Deutsches Museum is worth a visit:
One day is hardly enough to experience everything the Deutsches Museum has to offer. What already looks big from the outside unfolds its very own world on many levels inside. Anyone who is enthusiastic about technology, its history and natural phenomena can completely dive into in the world of science here:
What to see? In addition to 20 permanent exhibitions on various topics, there are many free guided tours and science shows every day.
What's special? The Deutsches Museum is the perfect destination for the whole family. Children as well as grown-ups can turn knobs, flip switches and touch many exhibits. For the youngest visitors, there is also a special "Kids' Kingdom" with 14 activity stations.
Deutsches Museum: The most important information at a glance
- Location: On the Museumsinsel
- Museum category: Science and technology
- Recommended duration of stay: One day
- Children's program: An indoor playground for kids, themed children's birthday parties, hands-on program and lots to touch and try out
- Please note: The museum is being renovated until 2028, so not all areas are always accessible. But: It's still worth to visit!
- How to get there: S-Bahn or tram 16 to Isartor, U1/U2 or tram 18 to Fraunhoferstraße
- Parking: There are some parking garages nearby
- Website: www.deutsches-museum.de/en
Deutsches Museum: Exhibition highlights
There are so many different areas and topics, so everyone should find something exciting at the Deutsches Museum – whether it's the first diesel engine or a historic tractor. Here are some highlights you definitely shouldn't miss:
- Chemistry – Shampoo, the salt in our soup, the air we breathe - chemistry is everywhere. Interactive theme islands and an experimental field with a visitor laboratory help you to understand the connections. And there is a special children's track!
- Electronics – The faster and smaller, the better! Dive into the foundations and development of devices like the transistor, capacitor and diode – and learn how they impact our lives.
- Musical Instruments – From the Renaissance to the present day: whether it’s the harpsichord, saxophone or synthesiser, you can explore the most important stages in the development of instruments.
- Agriculture and Food – Across several thematic areas with numerous interactive elements, you will learn about the origins of our “daily bread” – and discover its impact and adverse effects on our health and the environment.
- Welcome to the future! The "Forum" building at Ludwigsbrücke invites you to join different workshops, presentations, interactive installations and other events.
Free guided tours for many exhibitions
In order to not lose track on an area of 20,000 square meters, you can join one of the many guided tours. There are general tours through the whole museum and tours within the individual exhibition sections:
- Free guided tours and demonstrations with real pilots, instrument-makers, etc. take place daily in the different areas of the Deutsches Museum.
- General tours, children's tours, special theme tours and group tours can be booked in advance.
Kids' Kingdom and children's program
There is a lot to discover and test at the Deutsches Museum for children and families.
- Kids' Kingdom: For kids from 3 to 8 years of age, the Deutsches Museum has its own "Kingdom" to discover. Between the fire engine and the marble run, they can feel like a physicist, musician or architect.
- Tours for children and birthday parties: The Deutsches Museum offers age-appropriate programs, workshops or tours for groups of up to 10 children.
Café and restaurant
- On the second floor, the museum has a restaurant and café with a special roof terrace.
- In addition, there is a picnic area on level 1 for food and drinks you bring with you,
- another café area in the entrance hall (ground level)
- and the Café Exponat in the museum shop (located halfway to Ludwigsbridge, accessible via the road along the banks).
Shop and library
The Deutsches Museum has its own publishing house. Its books, as well as gifts, models, posters, postcards and games – all related to the museum – can be purchased in the museum shop which is located halfway to Ludwigsbridge, accessible via the road along the banks.
Around 25,000 books are accessible in the reading room of the library of Deutsches Museum (free admission during the opening hours of the museum).
Admission and Tickets for the Deutsches Museum
- Adults: 15 Euro (kids up to 5 years and members free)
- Children and teenagers (6-17 years), school pupils, apprentices and students: 8 Euro
- Disabled persons: 8 Euro (no charge for a registered helper)
- Family ticket: 31 Euro (up to two adults with their own children aged up to 17)
- Adults in groups of 15 or more: 12 Euro per person
Events and lectures
You can dive deeper into specific topics at one of the many lectures. For example, the regular events "Science for Everyone" or the “Monday Colloquia”, which take place every fortnight during the university semester.
You can experience the online collection of the Deutsches Museum from home or anywhere at any time:
Accessibility and services for individuals with disabilities
The goal of the Deutsches Museum is to welcome everyone and to offer a variety of services to make the exhibitions accessible to you all visitors via ramps and elevators. Wheelchairs are available in the entrance hall.
- Parking spaces for disabled visitors are available on the Museumsinsel at the Boschbrücke and at the Ludwigsbrücke.
- Toilets are located in the entrance building on level E1, in the auditorium on level E1, in the children's area on level -1 and in the museum restaurant on level E2, adjacent to the space exhibition.
- The Deutsches Museum app offers a wide range of services for everyone: multilingual, barrier-free and diverse
- Special guided tours: Tactile tours, tours in sign language, tours for people with dementia, etc.
From the foundation to the opening: The history of Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum is one of the most traditional museums for natural science and technology:
- In 1903, a circle of engineers around Oskar von Miller founded the "German Association Museum of Masterpieces of Natural Science and Technology."
- Due to the First World War, however, the building was not officially opened until 1925.
- Architecturally, it is one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in Germany. The museum stands on more than 1,500 so-called "ostrich piles" that were pushed up to seven meters into the ground.
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