A future concept for the insitution Deutsches Museum

Denny Muller
München I Image: Reinhard Krause, Deutsches Museum München


"The Deutsches Museum is THE technology museum in Germany and ranks among the world's great museums. It stands for progress, curiosity, for the belief that technology improves the world."

Markus Söder, Prime Minister Freistaat Bayern (opening)

The Deutsches Museum houses 28,000 objects from 50 areas of science and technology on 25,000 m². This makes it the world's largest technology museum - and a very popular one at that. Together with the museum, actori developed a programmatic concept for the Isar Island as a basis for the structural upgrade or possible architectural redesign of the congress hall building. The future program, functions, thematic and mediation focuses have been worked out in this concept. Because technologies are changing the world on a daily and, above all, sustainable basis, a modern location should make the speed of innovation and research visible using contemporary methods. It was also necessary to develop future scenarios for the workshops, library and archive of the Deutsches Museum.


The project's range of tasks included the structuring, steering, moderation and content-related support of the concept development process for the Congress Hall Building. In addition to the intensive involvement of the staff of the Deutsches Museum, the project primarily comprised a comprehensive analytical phase: in this phase, more than 60 interviews with experts, a detailed market and competition analysis, user analyses as well as numerous comparative analyses were carried out. For the best practice analysis, 12 relevant topic areas were defined and one or more international best practice examples were identified and examined for each of them. The topics included, for example, "user orientation", "third place", "science dialogue", "city laboratory", "(digital) citizen science", or "gamification".
The aim was to develop conceptual considerations based on the best and latest state of international museum and science projects. In order to concretise this, a utilisation concept including business cases as well as space and function planning was developed. In order to develop and validate various possibilities in the best possible way, different scenarios were developed, which were evaluated in terms of user needs. The subsequent detailed design of a "New Space" concept then took into account all relevant facets in detail, such as operating concept, organisation, development strategy or gastronomic requirements.

Added Value

  • With the project results, a well-founded concept development is available, which serves as a basis for the realisation of the next steps (especially financing).
  • Numerous contemporary and international development perspectives have been identified, which have already had an influence on the work of the Deutsches Museum, even independently of the infrastructural implementation of the concept.


The project was implemented by Prof. Maurice Lausberg, Founder and Managing Partner.

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