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The German Museum in Munich
The German Museum (read: German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology) is currently the largest science and technology museum in the world. The huge archive of valuable technical and scientific original exhibits is visited annually by millions of people. The German Museum is a institution under public law.
The stated goal of the German Museum is to bring in a more vivid way to the interested layman in an understandable way complex scientific and technical processes.
For this, the German Museum presents the historical development of science and technology and their importance for the technical and social development based on carefully selected examples.
The history of the German Museum is closely intertwined with its founder Oskar von Miller. His ideas had a significant impact to the conception and the design of the technical collections.
From the clock tower of the German Museum you have an excellent view over the city of Munich. Unfortunately, the clock tower is rarely open to visitors. Highly recommended is also the planetarium.
Oskar von Miller, founder of the German Museum
Oskar von Miller, 1855 born as the son of Ferdinand von Miller - a well-known Munich ore founder. He originally studied civil engineering and parallel worked on self-study of the in that times fledgling electrical engineering. With a travel scholarship equipped, he attended among others in 1881 the Paris International Electrotechnical Exhibition, which inspired him to organize the first electrotechnical exhibition in Munich in the year 1882. Sensational was the first long-distance transmission of power over 57 miles of Miesbach to Munich. In 1883, Oscar von Miller moved from the AEG and founded six years later a private engineering firm. In Frankfurt he organized in 1891 the Frankfurter electricity exibition, where he first presented worldwide the remote transmission of 20,000 V alternating current over a distance of 175 km from Lauffen at the river Neckar to the city of Frankfurt.
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