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Commitment from the public sector
The renovation and future-oriented expansion of the Deutsches Museum cannot be shouldered by private commitment alone. What is needed here, in addition to regular budgets, is a collective effort on the part of donors. As a result of the commitment shown by members of the Freundeskreis, the federal government and the state of Bavaria have pledged to make an appreciable contribution to the Deutsches Museum's future initiative. A sum of € 400 million has been named for the overall scheme.
The Deutsches Museum offers insights into the fascinating world of science and technology, combining past and present by bringing together historical achievements, current developments, and a look at what lies ahead. This places the world of science and technology within our grasp, in every sense of the word: that is the mission of the Deutsches Museum. The comprehensive restoration and modernization of the Deutsches Museum will make it possible to preserve this remarkable legacy for future generations and to continue with its growth and development. The project will further burnish the image of this outstanding exhibition, which continues to fascinate young and old alike, and makes an important contribution to getting people excited about science and technology – particularly school-age visitors. I wish the Deutsches Museum Future Initiative every success.
Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
Anyone who has ever seen even the youngest visitors to the Deutsches Museum – aged three to eight years – explore water currents or hoist their parents off the ground with the aid of a pulley will know that it is possible to arouse a child's curiosity in science and technology at an early stage.
Research at the Deutsches Museum into the history of science and technology is an important requirement if science is to be successfully communicated to children, young people and adults. This is especially true in an age in which knowledge is expanding at breathtaking speed.
As the world's largest museum of science and technology, the Deutsches Museum is a vital part of our museum landscape. In its dual role in the communication and research of science and technology, the museum will in future enjoy the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Dr. Ludwig Spaenle
The Deutsches Museum – one of the most significant technical-scientific museums in the world – has been successful in its efforts at persuasion, not only with the German economy and industry, but also the public sector. In so doing, it has found numerous partners willing to participate in the historic task of renovating the museum – a task that, according to estimates, will cost several hundren million euros.
The collective effort now taking shape has, to a large extent, acquired the appeal of a pioneering role that the economy and industry wish to adopt – especially through the members of the Founders' Circle of the Future Initiative. This commitment deserves the highest recognition. May this commitment increase accordingly through appropriate public sector cooperation! After all, as a national museum of technology, the Deutsches Museum should continue to be a figurehead for Bavaria and for Germany.
The Founders' Circle
At the very core of the museum's future initiative is the commitment of far-sighted patrons and companies with a sense of responsibility.
The chairmen of leading German companies and individuals have declared their willingness, as members of the Founders' Circle, to take on the knock-on financing of the future initiative. Each company will contribute € 5 million towards the renovation of the Deutsches Museum.
This commitment was a precondition for public sector involvement by the state of Bavaria and the federal government in the overall funding. This support on the part of companies, private individuals and the public sector will enabe the Deutsches Museum to fulfil its educational and research tasks in an attractive and up-to-date way.
The Founders' Circle of the Future Initiative currently consists of the following members:
Thanks to substantial contributions and donations from generous sponsors and almost 300 members we are able to provide effective support for the museum's projects and future initiative.
Technological advance and ongoing changes in the museum environment make it absolutely essential that we dynamically refine our concept of what constitutes a major and costly museum for the future. That science and technology are an indispensable part of our culture is one of the things the Deutsches Museum succeeds in conveying as part of its mission to impart knowledge. We hope to be able to preserve our cultural heritage and secure it for the future.
Sometimes a stroke of genius has the potential to change the world. The world's largest museum of science and technology shows us groundbreaking historical inventions and the innovations of the future. It makes science and technology understandable and accessible to anyone who is interested. It succeeds in making even the most complex topics exciting. The Bavarian construction industry supports the Future Initiative of the Deutsches Museum because it wishes to help to create enthusiasm among young people for the achievements of engineering. In the future, we will still need the people who can turn strokes of genius into reality!
Heinz Hermann Thiele
The Deutsches Museum is one of the largest technical and scientific museums in the world. For more than 100 years it has been communicating the principles on which nature and technology function. More than 1.4 million visitors of all ages flock to the museum each year and are enthralled by what they see there. In the meantime, however, significant parts of the exhibitions and the fabric of the building itself are outdated and desperately in need of renovation.
For me personally, the Deutsches Museum is a crucual and permanent component in Germany's role as a business location. We cannot abandon the Deutsches Museum in its present condition. Given that private initiative is a prerequisite for the necessary funding from the public sector, I immediately assured the museum that it could count on the support of Knorr-Bremse AG.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Aldo Belloni
In his memoirs, published in 1916, Carl von Linde wrote that Oskar von Miller's idea of »displaying the development of scientific research, technology and industry in the way they interact« unleashed »a strong wave of enthusiasm that then spread out across all of Germany«. Along with von Miller and Walther von Dyck, von Linde was one of the leading promoters of the Deutsches Museum.
Even today, in these times of virtual worlds, computers and the Internet, there is also a demand for real testimony to technology, science and industry that visitors can experience for themselves. That is why Linde is committed to the Deutsches Museum.
The Deutsches Museum is an icon of Germany's industrial culture with its enormous international renown – one that must be preserved. With its wealth of exhibits and demonstrations the museum displays technology, from its modest beginnings to the present day, while also offering a glimpse of what the future will bring. It is important that the museum be able to explain technical and scientific procedures and findings to young people in particular, but also to get them to think about the world around them and even their choice of career.
We in industry profit from this, dependent as we are on being able to recruit trainees with a good technical-scientific background. MAN supports the Deutsches Museum's future inititative so that this museum can continue to enjoy its outstanding position and function. Through its support, MAN will maintain the close relationship it has enjoyed with the Deutsches Museum ever since the museum was founded more than 100 years ago.
Dr. Siegfried Dais
I know of no place other than the Deutsches Museum that is so versatile in the way it illustrates the great inventions that Germany has produced. This museum displays our country's history of technology – pioneering achievements, including some that emerged from our company. That alone is reason enough to help with the renovation of the museum. First and foremost, though, is the enthusiasm that this unique collection is able to generate – and therein lies part of the future.
Companies like Bosch encourage the technical interest of children and youngsters through educational partnerships. Furthermore, we hope that young people will find inspiration among older role models. In this sense, we also wish the Deutsches Museum many visitors who are not yet able to pay for themselves.
The Deutsches Museum has a future: every year it makes masterpieces of science and technology accessible to 1.4 million visitors, awakening in them an enthusiasm that fuels Germany's innovation engine. And innovations based on German engineering skills are a fundamental criterion for Germany's success and prestige in world.
As an innovative technology concern, Siemens has lent its support to the Deutsches Museum ever since it was founded – with personal commitment, with innovations in the form of exhibits, and now also as a member of the future initiative.Siemens wishes the initiative the greatest possible success, and Germany's most frequently visited museum a long future.
Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Hiesinger
For more than 100 years the Deutsches Museum has helped to provide clearer insights into the technologies that shape everyday life and offer a hands-on understanding of the natural sciences. More an adventure playground than a shrine to technology, the museum is an ideal place for arousing curiosity and inspiring enthusiasm for technology. For the future of ThyssenKrupp as a technology group, our own innovative power will be crucial. That is why we place such high value on good ideas, innovations and the future of technology. To ensure that Germany remains a land of innovation, some years ago we established the initiative »Discovering the Future of Technology« to attract young people to technology and the natural sciences, in which the Deutsches Museum serves as our reliable partner. To ensure that this partnership continues, we support the Future Initiative of the Deutsches Museum and wish it every success.
Dr.-Ing. E.h. Norbert Reithofer
A Future Forum at the Deutsches Museum – a public place where people get together and discuss key issues: How can we live more sustainably? How can we conserve our resources? This forum will soon offer a gateway into the world of natural sciences and technology. It was clear right from the start: The world's biggest museum of science and technology needs a unique entry point for its visitors. The BMW Group is supporting this ambitious project. We are shaping the future in a key aspect of life – individual mobility. As a sustainable global company in the automotive industry, we take on responsibility around the world. Sustainability is firmly rooted in our business activities, alongside social responsibility and our commitment to culture. We're delighted at the opportunity to contribute to the future of the Deutsches Museum, especially the Future Forum, and are proud to be a partner of this initiative.
Friends and Sponsors
In addition to the Founders' Circle, a number of companies and private individuals have already made financial contributions to the Deutsches Museum to enable it to cope with major tasks over the next few years. The following friends and sponsors deserve special mention here:
Altana AG / Altana Chemie AG, Wesel
AMGEN GmbH, München
Chemie Wirtschaftsförderungs-GmbH, Frankfurt
Dow Olefinverbund GmbH, Merseburg
Finck, Wilhelm von Finck Stiftung, Grasbrunn
Fischer Artur Prof. Dr., Waldachtal
LANXESS Deutschland GmbH, Leverkusen
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG, München
Siemens AG, Medical Solutions, Forchheim
Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen, Ditzingen
ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen