Universum Bremen

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Universum Bremen
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place Bremen
opening September 9, 2000
surface 4,000 m²
Website www.universum-bremen.de
Universum Bremen (Bremen)
Universum Bremen
Universum Bremen
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Coordinates: 53 ° 6 ′ 24 ″  N , 8 ° 50 ′ 42 ″  E

The Universum Bremen is a science center with a distinctive experience. Visitors should experience scientific phenomena up close and with all their senses at over 300 exhibits . It is a popular leisure and cultural facility in Bremen .

It consists of the permanent exhibition building, special exhibition building and outdoor area. The whale-shaped permanent exhibition building is an architectural landmark of Bremen. It is a recognized extracurricular learning location .


The foundation stone of Universum Bremen was laid in 1996 by professors from the University of Bremen . The project development for the project took place in the Universum GmbH foundation in cooperation with the University of Bremen with various companies. The science center was opened in September 2000 after only a year and a half of construction. It consisted of the 4,000 m² permanent exhibition building with the three areas Expedition Human , Expedition Earth and Expedition Cosmos .

In 2007 the Universum Bremen was expanded to include another building and an outdoor area. Thus there are now three independent exhibition areas in Universum Bremen: the permanent exhibition building, the outdoor area and the special exhibition building, in which there are annually changing special exhibitions.

The company Universum Managementges. mbH operated the universe on a purely private basis until 2013. In 2013 the city of Bremen took over the operation of the cultural institution. As part of this, the main building was modernized and the permanent exhibition was converted. The original "expeditions" have been replaced by the three subject areas of man , nature and technology .

In the first five years since it opened, just under 2.5 million visitors visited the Universum Bremen.


The main building, in which the permanent exhibition is located, is covered with 40,000 stainless steel shingles and was designed by the Bremen architect Thomas Klumpp . The shape of the building is reminiscent of a mixture of whale and shell.

In contrast to the elliptical contours of the permanent exhibition building, the second building is cube-shaped and surrounded by a partially perforated Corten steel facade. The 5,000 m² outdoor area is a scientific adventure landscape under the open sky with many interactive stations, landscape elements and a 27 m high "tower of the air".

Special exhibitions

Since its opening, Universum Bremen has shown a total of 19 special exhibitions on a wide range of topics. The current special exhibition "The mobile person - your ways. Your decisions. Your future." focuses on the topic of future mobility. Eight interactive themed stations illuminate the phenomenon from different perspectives.

List of special exhibitions

  • Everything in flux (July 2 to October 13, 2002)
  • Limitless (July 9th to October 5th, 2003)
  • Volcanoes: Seething Earth (June 30th to October 3rd, 2004)
  • Talking Bodies (June 22 to October 16, 2005)
  • Chocoladium (October 13, 2007 to January 6, 2009)
  • Colors, Shapes, Fantasies (February 28, 2009 to October 23, 2010)
  • Color rush (October 3, 2009 to January 31, 2010)
  • Energy Island (November 4, 2010 to January 31, 2011)
  • Upside Down Heartward (March 4th to August 29th 2011)
  • It concerns you! (August 4th to August 28th 2011)
  • T-shirts, bags and surfactants (September 6th to November 2nd, 2011)
  • People in Numbers (March 22, 2012 to August 31, 2013)
  • Particle Zoo (September 27, 2013 to June 30, 2014)
  • Decide (October 1, 2014 to May 10, 2015)
  • Ey Alter (October 23, 2015 to August 31, 2016)
  • Showmanship (September 23 to November 6, 2016)
  • Favorite rooms (December 10, 2016 to January 7, 2018)
  • Bike It (June 28, 2018 to May 5, 2019)
  • The mobile person - your ways. Your choices. Your future. (June 20, 2019 to August 26, 2020)

Web links

Commons : Universum Bremen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


Individual evidence

  1. Finally of legal age: The universe turns 18 years old. September 7, 2018, accessed on July 26, 2019 (German).
  2. Pedagogical Basics. Retrieved on July 29, 2019 (German).
  3. architecture. Retrieved on July 29, 2019 (German).
  4. Wigbert Gerling: Bremen takes over the universe. Retrieved July 28, 2019 .
  5. Origin of the Universum®. Retrieved on July 29, 2019 (German).
  6. Jakob Milzner: Exhibition about the future of mobility in the Universum Bremen. Retrieved July 29, 2019 .
  7. Universum Bremen (ed.): Your, my, our universe. (18 years of the universe) .