Before my visit to Munich, a colleague at work had raved about what a brilliant museum this was and how he hadn't had enough time on a past visit. At the time, I couldn't understand his feelings but after this visit, it wasn't difficult to agree with him. If you have any interest at all in a movable invention in the world we live in, you'll probably find an exhibit related to it here.
First off, it's a large museum, comprising 3 to 4 floors above ground and another 2 floors underground. So, just to see all the exhibits without spending too much time at each could easily take half a day. The exhibits, while dated in some areas, span the entire spectrum of modern history (and in some cases, back to medieval times). The list of subjects covered is positively mind-boggling: boats & maritime topics; planes, aeronautics & space science, mechanical engineering; printing; medical advances & pharmaceutics; electricity; oil exploration; mining; mineral extractions; paper & glass technology, etc. Several times daily, demonstrations of some of the inventions were put on by the staff. They're only in German but they're not difficult to follow. I found the modern printing press demonstration very interesting while everybody (especially the children) enjoyed the noise and spectacle of the electricity demonstrations.
The exhibit on mining was the highlight for me. You start by heading 'underground' on a walk through the history of mining. Dioramas and mock-ups help to show how technology and inventions helped to make it safer through the decades. Beware that the entire walk can take up to 30 minutes and there's no way to cut it short if you're already in the middle of it.
The museum is also easy to find, being a single stop away from Marienplatz on tram number 16 followed by a short walk along the River Isar. Come with the mind of a child, there's bound to be something that will fascinate.
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