German Museum Bonn

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German Museum Bonn
Deutsches Museum Bonn with Transrapid, as of 2020-07.jpg
place Bonn coordinates: 50 ° 41 '58.9 "  N , 7 ° 8" 59.4 "  EWorld icon
opening 1995
ISIL DE-MUS-906418

The Deutsches Museum Bonn is a museum with exhibits and experiments by famous scientists , technicians and inventors . The focus is on research and technology in the fields of biology, chemistry, medical technology, aerospace, physics and ecology in Germany after 1945, which is presented using around 100 exhibits.

The museum is a branch of the Deutsches Museum in Munich. It is located in the Plittersdorf district of Bonn . Andrea Niehaus has been the director since 2001. From 1999 to 2000 she was deputy director, from 2000 to 2001 provisional director. Her predecessor was Peter Frieß .


The Deutsches Museum Bonn was opened in 1995 at the initiative of the Donors' Association for German Science in the Bonn Science Center . Contemporary research and technology was chosen as the focus of the collection, with the focus on the period after 1945. The motto is “in conversation with science and technology” and focuses on the management of science and technology in Germany.

The Bonn city ​​council decided in May 2015 to cut the grant from the city of Bonn. This threatened the museum's closure for 2017 and the Bonn Museum Mile the loss of one of its five houses. In September 2015, the museum was placed on the culture red list by the German Cultural Council and classified in category 1 (threatened with closure). In January 2016, the city of Bonn canceled the contract for the beginning of 2018.

In the debate about its continued existence, the museum is supported by the association WISSENschaf (f) t FUN - Förderverein für Bildung und Innovation im Rheinland e. V. supports. Andrea Niehaus , the director of the museum, was awarded the Bröckemännche Prize of the Bonn Media Club in 2017 for her commitment to maintaining the Deutsches Museum Bonn .

The continued existence of the museum could be secured through the assurance of the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation , founded by the former Haribo boss Hans Riegel junior , in March 2017 to participate in the basic financing.


Entrance to the Deutsches Museum Bonn

The museum is located in the Bonn Science Center, a building from 1973. Two floors are used. Access is via a side staircase to floor −1 and extends to floor −2.

Permanent exhibition

The development of research and technology in Germany after 1945 is shown on the basis of around 100 exhibits. The largest exhibit is the Transrapid 06 , which was in use on the Transrapid test facility in Emsland .

The exhibits give an insight into the work and achievements of famous scientists, technicians and inventors, including many Nobel Prize winners :

Hands-on museum

In the exhibition area there are various possibilities to grasp physics in the truest sense of the word through practical experiments.

In the experimental kitchen, schools and birthday parties can book workshops where participants can experiment themselves and where chemistry is explained with the help of everyday objects.

Changing exhibitions

The following exhibitions have been on view at the Deutsches Mueseum Bonn since 2010:

  • Bonn surveys - Argelander and his astronomical legacy . October 8, 2009 to April 5, 2010
  • Strengths of electricity. Energy for the 21st Century , June 2 to October 24, 2010
  • Leonardo da Vinci - Moving Inventions , November 5, 2010 to May 1, 2011
  • Kekulé's dream - From the benzene formula to the Chemistry Palace in Bonn , July 14, 2011 to February 26, 2012
  • Heinrich Hertz - From spark jump to radio wave , April 26, 2012 to January 13, 2013
  • Wolfgang Paul - The Particle Catcher , November 13, 2013 to August 24, 2014
  • Showmanship , from April 23 to July 4, 2015
  • Hard material carbon - the material of the future , from September 1st, 2015 to May 29th, 2016
  • Leonardo da Vinci - Moving Inventions , June 14th to August 14th, 2016
  • MeerErleben - The adventure exhibition about oceans and marine research , from October 7, 2016 to April 23, 2017
  • Creating the energy transition , from October 26 to November 9, 2016

Web links

Commons : Deutsches Museum Bonn  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Homepage Deutsches Museum Bonn
  2. CV at the Deutsches Museum. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  3. Andrea Niehaus - thanks to a chance to a dream job. On:, April 1, 2008; Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  4. Peter Frieß, Peter M. Steiner: A museum for contemporary research and technology. In: Peter Frieß, Peter M. Steiner (eds.): Research and technology in Germany after 1945. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Deutsches Museum Bonn, 1995. ISBN 3-422-06159-2 .
  5. ^ Deutsches Museum in Bonn is about to end , General-Anzeiger Bonn, May 26, 2015.
  6. German Cultural Council: September 3, 2015 Red Lists of Threatened Cultural Institutions , accessed on April 6, 2018
  7. Contract terminated: Deutsches Museum in Bonn is about to close. In: Aachener Nachrichten. January 29, 2016, accessed January 30, 2016 .
  8. ^ Website of the association. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. Dr. Andrea Niehaus receives the Bröckemännche Prize 2017., accessed on March 15, 2017 .
  10. ^ Sebastian Tittelbach: Gummy bears save the German Museum in Bonn. In: March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017 .
  11. Haribo Foundation helps! German Museum in Bonn saved., March 14, 2017, accessed on March 15, 2017 .
  12. Overview of the exhibitions. Accessed on October 13, 2016.