Deutsches Museum

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HoNESt staff members
Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler
Dr. Astrid Kirchhof

The Deutsches Museum (DM) was founded in 1903, and is one of the biggest museums in the world devoted to technology and natural sciences. It attracts approximately 1.4 million visitors per year, and is continuously looking for innovative ways to communicate science and technology to a wider public. DM shows and explains the history of science and technology from its early beginnings to the present. The unique collection of exhibits is supplemented by interactive experiments, dioramas, films, multimedia systems, and digital communication tools. Its collections and exhibitions include galleries on renewable energies and nuclear energy. It currently conceptualizes large-scale exhibitions on “Energy Transition(s)” and “Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in our Hands”.

As a research institution, DM conducts a large variety of research programs and projects in the history of science and technology. It is closely affiliated with Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU), including joint chairs in history of science and technology, science communication, and museum studies. Its collaborations with LMU also include the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society which focusses on transformations in environment, society, and technology.

Role in HoNESt

The DM will directly contribute to WP2, including the Germany case study and writing group, WP3 and the dissemination of results within Germany (WP6).