The Future Initiative has achieved a lot since it was founded in 2006. And between now and 2028 it has much bigger plans.
The Future Initiative of the Deutsches Museum
Milestones of the modernisation project.
For the 125th anniversary of the museum's founding, the modernisation of the building has been completed. Now you can enter the exhibitions again through the entrance hall from the museum courtyard.
Start of the second construction phase: The main entrance is temporarily relocated to the New Technologies Center. The clearing of the second construction phase begins.
Reopening of the first construction phase: All areas that were closed for modernisation in the first construction phase reopen to visitors. The exhibitions are now revised and redesigned. 20000 sqm of space with new themes and new exhibitions await you.
Tante Ju, rocket cars, power engines & Co. are back, demonstrations, dioramas and showcases are in place in the new exhibitions. The trial run begins.
ZEISS Group becomes a member of the Founders' Circle. The donation of 5 million euros goes towards financing the new permanent physics exhibition.
The construction work in the first section is almost finished: Most of the walls, ceilings, floors in the southern part of the exhibition building have been renovated, the rooms equipped with modern technical infrastructure. Now the set-up of the new exhibitions begins.
New architects: RKW Architektur + Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky GmbH takes over after the insolvency of the originally commissioned architectural firm.
Half-time for the first construction phase: Demolition work has been completed, and refurbishment and modernisation are running at full speed as planned.
Start of refurbishment and modernisation: While demolition work is still underway in some areas, the new technical cores are already being moved in at other points (electrical distributors, IT installations, ventilation). In addition, new concrete floors and ceilings are being erected where necessary.
Start of construction in the first section: In the first phase of the Future Initiative, the structural modernisation of the exhibitions begins. First, the building sections will be returned to their shell condition, and subsequent fixtures will be demolished.
The areas for the first construction phase have been cleared: thousands of objects had to go. From printing technology to aviation hangar, all rooms have now been emptied.
As an access to the New Technologies Center, a connecting corridor is being erected along the exterior façade of the museum.
The first third of a total of 8,000 objects - such as the Messerschmitt 262 shown here - has now been packed up and transported to the depots or branch museums.
Start of the rehabilitation of the embankment wall and construction of a flood protection wall.
Start of the comprehensive renovation: The exhibitions of the first construction phase are cleared.
A journey to new worlds! Launch of communication campaign for the Future Initiative.
Space worlds: Reopening of the renovated planetarium with state-of-the-art ZEISS technology: an analogue star projector and fulldome digital projection.
New exhibition concepts: Designs are finalised and approved for new exhibitions in Phase I: Chemistry, Hydrological Engineering / Bridges and Tunnels, Electronics, Robotics, Mathematical cabinet, Model Railway, Agriculture and Nutrition, Music, Photo and Film. For the other exhibitions in Phase I, detailed concepts are complete.
Completion of subterranean shell construction for the new Electrical Centre.
The Deutsches Museum is growing: Land purchased in Erding outside Munich for the future central depository of the Deutsches Museum.
Dieter Lang is appointed by the Administrative Board as the general agent for the Future Initiative construction project.
Taking stock: About 1,300 holes are drilled into walls, ceilings and floors to investigate the load-bearing capacity and stability of the more than 100-year-old building.
Planning contract: The architects Schmidt-Schicketanz and Partners in Munich are commissioned to plan the refurbishment of the main collections building.
Comprehensive planning of the construction phases: Prior to the start of construction, the original multi-phase concept for the planning and refurbishment work is replaced by a comprehensive planning concept with two implementation phases.
Western observatory re-opens: The dome and the Zeiss refracting telescope are back in operation after an extensive overhaul and renovations.
Work begins to clear out the depository: For the refurbishment of the main collections building, approximately 40,000 exhibits are removed from the depository at the main museum site.
All wrapped up: Work completed on roof and facade of main collections building.
New main entrance for Verkehrszentrum branch museum: Entrance of Hall I of the Verkehrszentrum is re-opened after redesign in compliance with regulations for listed buildings.
Revision of master plan: The refurbishment of the Congress Hall to develop a Forum of the Future is postponed. The Bavarian state government plans to build a concert hall at the site.
Soaking up the rays: New photovoltaic facility on the roof of the Flugwerft Schleissheim branch museum begins generating power.
Federal and state financing: Agreement signed between the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Bavaria and the Deutsches Museum on the financing and implementation of the Future Initiative. The federal and state governments each contributed 180 million euros – including the funds from the Economic Stimulus II – resulting in a total budget of 400 million euros.
Completion of the master plan: The master plan to implement the future initiative provides the basis for a redesign of the exhibitions, and is based on the results of numerous project teams and the ideas and proposals of external experts and planning specialists.
With a 5 million euro donation, BMW becomes a member of the Founders' Circle.
Launch of exhibit digitisation project: Restoration experts, museologists and curators begin with the digitisation and classification of the approx. 40,000 objects in the underground depository on the Museumsinsel.
Repurchase of the Congress Hall: The "Bestelmeyer Building", once used as the Technology Forum, is repurchased by the Deutsches Museum for 3 million euros.
Eastern observatory re-opens: After restoration of the Goerz reflecting telescope and structural refurbishment of the dome, the eastern observatory is again open to museum visitors.
Opening of Centre for New Technologies (ZNT): Following refurbishments and modernisation work, the former railway exhibition hall opens as an interactive exhibition and research platform.
New member in Founders' Circle: Association of the Bavarian Construction Industry donates 5 million euros to the Future Initiative and joins the Founders' Circle.
Federal funding announced: The German federal government approves 29 million euros for the Future Initiative from the Economic Stimulus Package II.
Founders' Circle growing: Bosch, MAN SE, ThyssenKrupp, Linde, Siemens and Knorr-Bremse each donate 5 million euros to join the Founders' Circle.
Launch of the Founders' Circle: The General Director of the Deutsches Museum, Prof. Wolfgang M. Heckl, welcomes the Friends and Sponsors of the Deutsches Museum as the first member of the Future Initiative Founders' Circle with its founding donation of 5 million euros.
Future Initiative launched: The Future Initiative is founded by the Federal President of Germany, Horst Köhler.