The Deutsches Museum is reinventing itself. It will soon be even more fascinating, more modern – and will provide clearer and more direct insights into what science and technology are all about – than ever before.
The goal of the Future Initiative is to uphold the museum's status as one of the world's largest and most important museums of science and technology, to enhance its appeal, and to preserve the treasures in its collections for future generations. All of the exhibitions will be updated and most will be fully redesigned. New topics will be added. The exhibition buildings at the main museum site will be refurbished from top to bottom.
This will take place in two phases: Some of the exhibition spaces are currently being emptied to make way for the construction crews. In 2021 these areas will again be open to the public. In the second phase, starting in 2022, the remaining exhibitions will be improved and redesigned. The entire project will be complete in 2028, and the Deutsches Museum will again rank among the world's most advanced museums of technology.
During the refurbishment and modernisation work, the museum will remain open to visitors, with an attractive programme of tours, demonstrations and special events to complement the exhibitions.
Our exhibitions currently have an average age of 20 years. Renewing them is a top priority of the Future Initiative. Before tackling that task, however, the necessary conditions must be put in place. The exhibitions implement in didactic form the latest results of historical research and new aspects of museum pedagogy.
To preserve the valuable holdings at the Museumsinsel site, the rooms must be renovated and updated to reflect the most advanced technical standards: We will upgrade the fire protection standards and repair damage to the buildings. The nearly 100 year old complex on the Museumsinsel was only patched up after the Second World War. Under the Future Initiative, the exhibition buildings on the Museumsinsel will be fully refurbished from top to bottom.
At present approximately 80,000 objects are hidden away in seven different museum depositories. In future they will be preserved in a central depot, representing all of the museum's holdings, and made accessible to visitors. This will enable them to get a close look at modern research and grasp its significance for progress and human prosperity.