The Deutsches Museum was founded in 1903, the Deutsches Museum (DM) is the largest museum in Germany and one of the largest in the world devoted to technology and the natural sciences. With its main venue in the city centre of Munich and four branch museums, it attracts approximately 1.5 million visitors per year, with a further 2.5 million visits to its website. The unique collection of exhibits on display is supplemented by interactive experiments, dioramas, films and multimedia systems. DM also has an extensive library and extended archives, as well as the Kerschensteiner College for the advanced training of teachers, students and museum personnel. As an integrated research museum and a member of the Leibniz Association, it conducts research on selected areas of specialisation such as collection-oriented research, the history of science, technology and the environment, conservation sciences and visitor research.
At the DM, digitisation started early on and developed into the institution's most dynamic and fastest growing area. The Deutsches Museum Digital, a digital twin of the classical museum, combines extended digitisation of the collections with cutting-edge research in the field of digital humanities. Practical tools such as the VRLab – a Virtual Reality hub to experiment with innovative tools to educate and reflect on digital storytelling – complement digital research and digital information research infrastructures. DM has been central in creating large-scale collaborative digital programs such as the DFG-funded Fachinformationsdienst Geschichtswissenschaft, a specialised information service for Historical Studies, which is run in collaboration with the Bavarian State Library, and KultSam, Cultural Collections as Digital Repositories of Knowledge for Research, Teaching and Public Communication, with the purpose of opening-up the collections for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research by digitising, making accessible and linking various collections.
Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler