Munich–January 27, 2017

I spent most of the day at the Deutsches Museum, a very large museum of science and technology.

Old clock on outer wall of Deutsches Museum This is an old clock that you see as soon as you get to the museum entrance.

For a science museum to start off with a quote from Genesis 1:1 seems sort of weird. This is a science museum, after all, not a religious museum!

Sculpture of god with Genesis 1:1 beneath

Here are pictures from the museum sections devoted to manufacturing, ships, energy production, and aviation (in no particular order):

ship cut away so you can see interior A cutaway of a ship. Doesn’t look like much space in there.
Full-sized windmill w. rectangular blades This is from the manufacturing section of the museum.
Dimly lit room with old manufacturing equipment Possibly the most dimly lit room I’ve seen.
Electrical cables and housing (cross-section) Cross-section of electrical cables and their protective housing.
Female mannequin in balloon wicker basket
Plaster mannequin of man in balloon basket
Silver dirigible (zeppelin) Oh, the humanity! (This is a model of the Graf Zeppelin, not the Hindenburg.)
Red wind energy turbine This is a wind turbine
yellow underwater exploration device Underwater exploration vehicle
collection of boat anchors “Upper management,” AKA boat anchors
Various octants and sextants
Close-up of ship's chronometer One of the first ship’s chronometers

From the Music section:

Player piano mechanism  
large music box (paino sized) with drum on top This is a very large music box that plays both piano and drum.
Closeup of toothed wheel in music box Closeup of the toothed wheel in the music box

The museum has a planetarium, so I went up to the sixth floor for the noon show. It was all in German, but luckily it is designed to be understandable by children, so I was able to understand about 85% of it. Also, the fact that I know the basic facts they were talking about helped a lot. At any rate, I got these pictures from the sixth floor outside area before the show started:

Sides of tower showing hygrometer and barometer
View of Munich from 6th floor of museum
city view from 6th floor
View of towers and Isar river
More city buildings

Moar pictures!

Deflated soccer ball From a display about the Big Bang (the start of the universe, not the TV show)
Star chart showing German constellation names Constellation diagram in German
Amateur radio equipment Old amateur radio equipment
antique scales
Rotary dial scale going up to 3500 kg This scale goes up to 3500 kg (about 7700 lbs).
clock with separate hour and minute hands This old clock has completely separate hour and minute hands
Closeup interior watch showing workings
Gearing from a clock tower This is the gearing from a clock tower
Surveying equipment Old surveying equipment...
Surveying equipment from1800s ..from the 1800s
Globe from 1600s A globe from 1622
Globe from 1600s closeup and a closeup of part of it
Machine for drawing ellipses with inner and outer ring Machine for drawing ellipses
Display with three slide rules Slide rules are now a museum piece
abacus ..but if you’re really old school, here’s the tool for you
ibm system 360 computer Yet another museum piece: the kind of computer I first learned programming on

Views of the city and down the stairwells.

view from 3rd floor of museum
View across river; double tower in background
Purple and blue lighting fixture in stairwell
Looking down well of spiral staircase Looking down staircase from third floor


Large press made of wood A paper press to get water out of the paper during the paper-making process
large jade ceramic tower From the ceramics section

Some pictures from the technical toys section:

Large arch made of “erector set” pieces
Bridge made with Idema blocks These are Idema blocks, not Lego.
brick building set

In the section on nanotechnology there’s a scale that measures how many nanometers your body weight deflects the platform. I “weigh” 80 nanometers.

Deflection of .000...080 meters

And here’s a DNA lab suspended above the floor:

Egg-shaped room suspended above second floor

There was a hands-on physics area, with this resonance box; you can’t hear the tuning fork until you turn the box towards it and open the door to the box. This was just one of many such displays; it was by far my favorite part of the museum.

Resonance box and tuning fork