A must-see for science lovers, the Deutsches Museum in Munich is the largest museum of science and technology in the entire world. Fifty fields are represented by tens of thousands of items on display, all drawing over a million visitors a year.
Permanent exhibits at the Deutsches Museum span a mind-boggling range of topics. Visitors can find everything here from textiles and ceramics to computers and energy technology. Aerospace, telecommunications, marine navigation and pharmacy all have their own displays. One of the most impressive exhibits is a reproduction of a Spanish cave with stone-age carvings, the Altamira Cave.
The Deutsches Museum has multiple branches in and around Munich. The main site is located on a small island in the Isar River. The museum’s nearest public transportation option is a tram stop on the Ludwigsbrucke bridge, but the Isartor S-Bahn station is not far. A ride from Marienplatz would take no more than 10 minutes.
Founded in 1903, the Deutsches Museum was originally called the German Museum for Masterpieces of Natural Science and Technology. Founder Oskar von Miller, an innovative electrical engineer, secured patronage from Prince Ludwig and saw the museum open to the public in its current Museum Island location on his 70th birthday.