Masterpieces of Science and Technology
Open daily 9.00 – 17.00
Adults: €11, pupils/students: €4
Before visiting any new place, Hamilton and I like to check TripAdvisor to see what other people recommend. When we were in Zagreb, it led us to a cemetery. When we in Split, it took us to ‘Froggyland’ – a small museum filled with stuffed frogs set up in various settings such as a classroom, bar, olympics… You never know where it will lead you.
In our short time in Munich we managed to fit in a lot… One of these things (Number 6 on Trip Advisor’s recommendations of things to do in Munich and winner of a traveller’s choice award) was the Deutsches Museum – a science and technology museum.
It took us two attempts to visit the Deutsches Museum; the first time we got there about an hour before it was closing, and were told they weren’t letting anyone else in. The second time, we managed it, but it was a Saturday and full of children, so not our best work entrance wise. Although, we did manage to both get discounted student tickets – after a confusing exchange at the ticket desk, we realised she’d just assumed we both were and given us the tickets. So it only cost us €8 to get in. Which isn’t too shabby for the World’s largest museum of science and technology.
The posters all looked insanely cool, with pictures of astronauts and fighter jets and robots… In all honesty, I saw none of that stuff. Pretty sure we visited every department aside from mining too. Unless they were hiding a fighter jet in the mining department, I imagine it’s because some parts of the museum were closed for refurbishment, which is a shame. According to this website the works are ongoing until 2019… This is probably something I should have included in my preparations, and checked before going!
I am a bit gutted looking at the long list of things that were shut, such as photography and film (My job), space flight (I’ve been to the National Space Centre twice now) and robotics (Who doesn’t want to see robots?!) but nonetheless, we did see some insane things – an original Wright Brother’s plane, the first computer… Everything we saw was a talking point, often starting with “I never even thought about that…” or “What the hell is that?” and I came away a little bit more clued up about the world than I came in; I’ve started this post on a massive downer on the Deustches Museum, so I’d like to clear up now that it truly is an amazing museum, filled with incredible artefacts and technology that you can’t see anywhere else. It houses departments on everything from New Technology, to boats, to mathematics, to space… And everything in between.
The building in itself is huge, well designed and well kept. Everything in the museum was labelled (80 percent of it was even in English as well as German) and you could touch a lot of things – something I like in a museum. (Even if we did both get an electric shock a lot more than we would have liked.)
As a science museum, it was different to most I’ve ever visited, in that there weren’t too many things to ‘play’ with. This might sound immature, but every other place I’ve been to has a lot of interactive features like stepping on a scale to see which mammal you’re the same weight as, or trying to work a model Mars Rover with your hands in a machine whilst wearing a huge pair of gloves, to show just how difficult it is.
As a big kid at heart, I can’t help but think a few introductions of things like that couldn’t go amiss. I may just be saying this because I didn’t get to see a rocket though.
I would definitely still recommend visiting – its about a 20 minute walk from the central station (or you can get the metro), doesn’t cost too much, and does have something for everyone. I’m not a particularly sciencey person, hence the want for some interactivity, but if you are – this is the place for you.
I personally, am planning to come back after 2019, where all my childish wants and wishes to see robots and rockets can come true.