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Deutsches Technikmuseum - The Network

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The Network
People, Cables, Data Streams

New Permanent Exhibition opened in September 2015 in the Ladestrasse area

The world is networked!

We are in contact with people all over the world. A flood of information reaches us on a daily basis. Our devices are constantly exchanging data between themselves. The internet is the ultimate multi-talent in the mix: the "network of networks".

Graphic: In the background a map of the world, in front of it a number of technical devices from different network-technologies. © SDTB / Graphic: polygraphdesign.com

© SDTB / graphic: polygraphdesign.com

A life without technical networks?

Hard to imagine! Information and communication networks are increasingly more important in our lives. This development began with the invention of the telegraph in the 19th century.

What are the networks comprised of?

The exhibition presents the development of networks from three different perspectives: the role of people as users, the landscape of network technology, and the content that is communicated over those networks.

How do we live with networks?

Technical networks impact all areas of life. The exhibition gives a clear picture of how the higher tempo, the increased monitoring and the potentially new life-styles are changing our daily lives - and not just since the advent of the internet.

Photo: The inner life of an MP3 player

Prototype of the first hard drive mp3 player, 1994 © SDTB / photo: C. Kirchner

The Exhibition

The exhibition is divided into three main areas:

  • CONNECT. Alive in Networks
  • BACKBONE. The Technology
  • INFORMATION. Knowledge in Networks

In addition, nine thematic displays shed light on networks in very different areas of life, such as "MAPS. Mobility through Maps", "SHOPPING. Buy Online" or "MUSIC. Music Through the Net". In the process, the exhibition deals with the influence networks exert on our everyday lives, sometimes very critically.

"The Network" will be the museum’s first exhibition that uses objects from the Deutsches Technikmuseum’s different collections to convey an all-encompassing topic. Based on the Technoversum innovative exhibition concept, the network theme is not only considered from the perspective of the past but also against the backdrop of current challenges. The exhibition offers a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. Visitors are invited to introduce their experiences into the exhibition.

Photo: A robust cable in a 1920s style ornamental holder

Piece of the submarine cable for the telegraph line between the Azores and Emden, 1926 © SDTB, photo: C. Kirchner

The Exhibition Blog

You can closely follow the preparations for the exhibition and its opening on our corresponding blog (in German). It provides a glimpse behind the scenes and the opportunity to get to know the exhibition’s topics and objects and to discuss and comment on the exhibition team’s postings. In the future, the blog will also inform about the latest developments around the exhibition.


Graphic: The logo for Germany, Land of Ideas

Landmark and winner in the "Land of ideas"

The exhibition "The Network: People, Cables, Data Streams" was chosen as a landmark in the competition "Germany, Land of Ideas 2015" - and it is the winning project in the category "Culture"!

Here, according to the slogan  "Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!", 100 innovative projects were chosen to receive an award for helping to shape the networked world of tomorrow.


The exhibition and the remodelling of the Ladestraße area were supported by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) and the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin:

Media partners: radioeins / rbb (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg) and GEOlino