Deutsches Museum, Munich
The Deutsches Museum (German museum) in Munich is one of the largest science and technology museums in the world.
The museum was founded in 1903 and is located on its current site, on an island on the river Isar, since 1925; the museum has been renovated and enlarged many times, also due to extensive damages that occurred during World War Two.
The collection of the Deutsches Museum is composed of over 100,000 items, a quarter of which is regularly on display in the exhibition galleries, along with interactive and multimedia exhibits, videos, images, and explanatory panels. The galleries are organized in several thematic sections: Natural sciences, Materials, Energy, Communication, Transport, Musical Instruments, and New Technologies. Two additional sections are dedicated to children’s activities and to the history of the museum itself. The collection is quite diverse and complete, among its most famous exhibits there is an aircraft built by the Wright brothers, the U1 submarine, the first program-controlled computer, and the first engine conceived by Rudolf Diesel. The galleries are particularly addressed to kids and families and provide a very complete set of hands-on activities.
The Deutsches Museum is also very active in temporary exhibitions organization and also offers guided tours, learning activities, concerts, lectures, and workshops.
The museum includes a library, a shop, five cafés, and a self-service restaurant. Although mostly accessible, not all sections of the museum are accessible to wheelchair users.
The museum also has two satellite branches in Munich; the Flugwerft Schleißheim, housed in a former airbase and focused on aircraft, and the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, dedicated to land transport.
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