Deutsches Museum

The Hochspannungsanlage at the Deutschesmuseum in München
The High Voltage Show at the Deutsches Museum. (Photo courtesy of Deutsches Museum)

The awesome German Museum of Science & Technology in Munich

The world's first gasoline-powered vehicle, an 1886 Benz tricycle.
The world's first gasoline-powered vehicle, an 1886 Benz tricycle.
The "German Museum" of Munich is a fantastic see-and-touch science museum.

The placards are in German and English, and the rooms cover in incredible depth such diverse subjects as industrial machinery, the digging of tunnels, astronautics, computers and microelectronics, textiles, mining, and electricity.

Definitely don't miss the noon High Voltage demonstrations at the Faraday Cage that actually produce lightning—they even stick some poor employee in a tiny Faraday sphere and run 20,000 volts through it, just to entertain the kiddies. (in German only, but indoor lightning is impressive in any language).

Kids will have a blast.

There's a hangar filled with historic aircraft and a collection of venerable cars, including the very first automobile—a motorized tricycle patented by Carl Benz in 29 January 1886 and the first vehicle to use a gasoline-powered engine.

Other firsts enshrined here include the diesel engine (1897), electric dynamo (1866), and the lab bench at which Hahn and Strassmann first split the atom (1938).

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Deutsches Museum details

Museuminsel 1 (on an island in the Isar river)



Daily 9am–5pm




U-Bahn: Fraunhoferstrasse (U1, U2)
S-Bahn: Isartorplatz
Tram: 16, 18
Bus: 132


How long does the Deutsches Museum take?

Planning your time: The Deutsches Museum will take at least an hour, probably more like two or three if you read a lot of the plaques.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
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