Berlin has always embraced new technology, and the German Technology Museum gathers together and displays technological change and innovation. As well as looking at new technologies, such as airplanes, telephones and photography, the museum focuses on understanding the way these technologies have changed society and people’s lives.
The Technology Museum in Berlin. Image Paolo-Dallorso, via Flickr
The German Technology Museum (‘Technikmuseum’) is covers 26,000 square meters of floor space, and used to be part of a rail depot. Perhaps this explains the museum’s focus on rail technology: there are 40 original trains, tracks and other railway paraphernalia. The museum also doesn’t shy away from many people’s historical associations with German trains, and has an exhibition on Nazi transports to the concentration camps.
The exhibition on airplanes is hard to miss: a huge, original C-47 Allied plane is suspended above the museum and is visible from all the streets around. This plane is actually one of the famous Candy Bombers (or ‘raisin bombers’), from which US pilots would drop candy and chocolate attached to little parachutes as they landed at the nearby Tempelhof Airport. The children of Berlin grew up on legends of these planes, and it is fitting to have a model on the roof of the Technology Museum.
There are a whole range of smaller exhibitions, which display a whole range of technological innovations, and give visitors a chance to appreciate their impact on our world. Where would we be without paper, for example? Or, how have cameras changed our society? The brewery exhibition is particularly interesting, and looks at 6,000 years of beer production. The Sugar Museum, which used to have its own building, is currently being moved into the main Technology Museum, and promises to be a fascinating exhibition.
Visiting the Technology Museum
As well as the permanent exhibitions, every few months a new temporary exhibition opens up in the museum. Recent exhibitions have highlighted the work of German inventors, or have focused on railways in no-man’s land during the cold war.
Most of the exhibits in the museum have explanations in both German and English. There is an audio guide available in English for extra information, which costs 2 Euro. The museum costs 6 Euro for an adult, 3.50 for a child. After 3pm, children up to the age of 18 can enter for free.
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Closed on Monday
Trebbiner Straße 9, Kreuzberg
Near Möckernbrücke U-Bahn station, or Anhalter Bahnhof S-Bahn