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TECHNOSEUM - State Museum for Technology and Work
The Technoseum

Technoseum, Mannheim
place Mannheim (Museumsstrasse 1)
architect Ingeborg Kuhler
opening 1990
ISIL DE-MUS-407114
Lanz - Lokomobile at the access area

The Technoseum (until the end of 2009: State Museum for Technology and Work ) in Mannheim , Baden-Württemberg, offers illustrative material on the industrialization of the German southwest in the past and present. In addition, more than 100 experiment stations enable visitors to interactively and playfully understand scientific and technical relationships.


The museum was founded in 1985 as a foundation under public law jointly sponsored by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Mannheim. The building was built according to plans by the Berlin architect Ingeborg Kuhler , who won the architectural competition with her design. The exhibition area is around 9000 m², of which around 900 m² are available for special exhibitions. In 2013, 183,691 people visited the museum. The museum's budget for 2014 is 11.1 million euros, 3.4 million of which come from the city and 6.8 million from the country.


Permanent exhibition

Visitors who wander through the building from top to bottom should get the impression of a journey through time through the industrialization history of the country.

Exemplary stations of technical, social and political change since the 18th century are: clocks , paper production , weaving , energy , electrical engineering , mobility , bionics . There are staged homes and workplaces, and machines from production, traffic and offices are demonstrated. This makes it possible to experience the profound changes in living and working conditions right up to the present day.

The historical inventory of the Mannheim observatory can be found in the museum's permanent exhibition. The future workshop Elementa supplements the topics and exhibits from technical, economic and social history with an experimental part. It not only teaches the basics of natural science, but also shows the technical inventions that scientific experiments have led and lead to. Elementa 3 opened in May 2011, making future technologies tangible through experiments.

Part of the collections can be searched through the online collections.

Special and changing exhibitions

  • Wheels , cars and tractors . Inventions from Mannheim - Pioneers of the mobile society (1986)
  • History of working hours (1990/91)
  • Bridge, mill and factory. Technical cultural monuments in Baden-Württemberg (1991)
  • Of star finders, lightning catchers and balls of air. Elector Carl Theodor and the natural sciences in the Electoral Palatinate (1993/94)
  • We are all shield citizens . 130 compelling evidence from the enamel and tin sign collection of the State Museum (1994)
  • The rotary engine . Fascination with an Invention (1995)
  • On behalf of Hollywood. Film posters from 40 years by Lutz Peltzer (1995)
  • The right twist? Industrial skilled work in transition (1996)
  • Small brands - big brands. Advertising pictures from Germany 1900 - 1930 (1996)
  • Faces of racing. Photographs by Dr. Benno Müller (1997)
  • Body Worlds (shown for the first time in Europe in 1997/98)
  • Barbie myth . A doll through the decades (1998)
  • Zeitzug 1848. Fight for freedom! (1998/99)
  • Goods values. Posters from 75 years of Mannheim city advertising (1998/99)
  • Children's dreams. Tin toys from old times (1998/99)
  • Sow, sift, feast. From grain to bread , children's exhibition (1999)
  • Jules Verne : Technology and Fiction (1999/2000)
  • The turn of the century myth : man, nature, machine in images of the future 1800 - 1900 - 2000 (2000/01)
  • Brain and Thought: Cosmos in the Head (2001/02)
  • Projects and projections. Baroque building planning techniques (2002/03)
  • All the time in the world (2002/03)
  • Dance around the banana : commodity and cult object (2003/04)
  • Electric guitars: electric guitars, musicians, history, cult (2004)
  • Enjoy the car (2004/05)
  • Hands- on Mathematics (2004)
  • Understanding Einstein (2005/06)
  • The look into the invisible: nanoparticles , microsystems , parasites (2006/07)
  • Adventure space travel : Departure into space (2006/07)
  • Mannheim on the move. Mobility in Transition 1607 - 2007 (2007/08)
  • Make Music (2008)
  • 100 years of Baden (2009)
  • Nano ! Benefits and visions of a new technology (March 18, 2010 to October 3, 2010)
  • The collection - 1001 objects to hear and see (February 25, 2011 to July 24, 2011)
  • Our daily bread ... The industrialization of food (October 29, 2011 to June 10, 2012)
  • "Through night to light?" The German labor movement 1863-2013 (February 2, 2013 to August 25, 2013)
  • The collection 2. The electrical household (February 20, 2014 to July 27, 2014)
  • Heart and soul. History and future of medical technology (November 5, 2014 to June 7, 2015)
  • 2 wheels - 200 years . Freiherr von Drais and the history of the bicycle (November 11, 2016 to June 25, 2017)
  • Collection 3: Advertising and Selling (November 7, 2019 to June 1, 2020)

Museum ship

see also: Mainz (Schiff, 1929)

The museum ship of the Technoseum on the banks of the Neckar

The museum ship of the Technoseum lies in the Neckar below the Mannheim Kurpfalzbrücke . The historic paddle steamer is itself an exhibition piece and also houses the exhibition on inland shipping . The former Rhine excursion steamer is open to visitors every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. From May to October, the police boat invites you to take trips on the Neckar on Sundays and public holidays.


The building was designed by the Berlin architect Ingeborg Kuhler - after winning an architectural competition. The planning and construction time lasted from 1982 to 1990. The building is kept in white. From the outside, the individual floors look like inclined levels. Behind this is the concept of the “working” museum. In other words, the building should act like an invitation to wander through the social and industrial history of the German southwest in a downward "space-time spiral".

The museum shows its supporting structure like a refined shell. However, this does not apply to the head building in the west. The main part of the building consists of a steel-skeleton composite construction with double-T columns and girders encased in concrete, which guarantees the required load-bearing capacity and rigidity despite heavy loads and large spans.

A second construction phase was originally planned. Due to the increasing shortage of public finances, this planning has not yet been pursued. Due to its concept of creating a connection that allows historical references and interactivity, the museum was awarded the European Museum Prize as Museum of the Year in 1992.

Museum educational programs

The museum is also established as an extracurricular learning location in the region. More than half of the visitors are schoolchildren. The museum's educational offer ranges from interactive tours through scientific and technical offers in the in-house laboratory to advanced training for teachers. In a series of club offers (TECHNOclub, TECHNOclub4girls) children and young people deal with the subject areas of technology and science.

The friends of the Technoseum

Various groups of people and institutions are on friendly terms with the museum, such as the Museum Association for Technology and Work or the Technoseum Foundation, which promote and support the work of the museum.

Over 100 volunteers are involved in numerous projects and tasks in the museum.

The museum has signed a cooperation agreement with more than 20 schools, which among other things makes it possible to use museum educational offers free of charge in advance.

See also


  • Jörg Baldenhofer: The State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim. Idea, sponsor, realization, place in the museum landscape . Dissertation Univ. Stuttgart 2015. Computus Druck Satz & Verlag, Gutenberg 2016, ISBN 978-3-940598-29-5 .
  • State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim (ed.): Exhibition catalog . Mannheim 2001, ISBN 3-9804930-6-7 .
  • Melanie Mertens: "Hypothermic and skillful". The Technoseum and the SWR studio building in Mannheim . In: Preservation of monuments in Baden-Württemberg 2020/2, pp. 108–114.
  • Ministry for Science and Art in Baden-Württemberg (ed.): State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim . Karlsruhe 1986.
  • Thomas Schmid: The State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim. Architectural historical investigation , dissertation Univ. Heidelberg 1992, ISBN 3-89349-439-1 .
  • Lothar Suhling : Development and change of technology museums from a conceptual point of view. The new generation of museums using the example of the State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim. In: Lothar Hiersemann (ed.): Contributions to the history of technology and technical education. Volume 8, FH Leipzig 1994, pp. 3-21.
  • Technoseum (ed.): Tour through the exhibition . Mannheim 2009.

Web links

Commons : Technoseum  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Technoseum visitor information, contact person. Retrieved September 22, 2015 .
  2. Technoseum: about us
  3. Statutes of the Foundation of March 20, 1985, see Baldenhofen, pp. 378–381.
  4. architecture. Technoseum homepage,, accessed on April 4, 2018.
  5. Technoseum: Elementa 3
  6. Online collections
  7. Review of the exhibition Our daily bread ... The industrialization of nutrition (PDF; 24 kB)
  8. Technoseum: Through night to light? (PDF)
  9. ^ "The electrical household" - exhibition in the Technoseum In:, accessed on December 18, 2016
  10. Technoseum: Heart's Blood (PDF)
  11. 2 bikes - 200 years. Freiherr von Drais and the history of the bicycle ( Memento of the original from December 20, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Homepage Technoseum, accessed on December 18, 2016 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. Technoseum: Chronology
  13. Technoseum: Committees
  14. p. 31, Annual Report 2012 (PDF)

Coordinates: 49 ° 28 ′ 35 "  N , 8 ° 29 ′ 51.2"  E