Past exhibitions of the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (selection):

2 March to 30 July 2017

The exhibition showcases exciting projects from the field of IT security research. How does IT security impact on our daily lives, what risks do we face and what do the researchers make of it all? Research institutes present their results using interactive exhibits.

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12 January to 31 July, 2016

More and more people are enjoying DIY and using videos to help them carry out car repairs and home improvements alike. The 100 funniest, weirdest and most wonderful video tutorials can be viewed in the foyer of the HNF.

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2 September 2015 to 10 July 2016

Ada Lovelace has gone down in IT history as the first ever female computer programmer. 10 December 2015 marks her 200th anniversary. The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is commemorating the occasion with a big special exhibition acknowledging the importance of Ada Lovelace and celebrating the role of women in computer history from 2 September 2015 to 10 July 2016.

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9. November 2013 - 15. June 2014

What shall I wear? The clothes we put on are a decision we take every day about how and what we would like to be. Before we can say something, our clothes have already spoken. Every item we wear is a word. Every outfit forms a sentence. Fashion talks!Fashion exists everywhere. It is the freedom we play with and the benchmark we accept or rebel against. Fashion is exclusion and inclusion. It is fast, sometimes loud, sometimes quiet and is contantly moving back and forth between 'in' and 'out'.

 

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Faszination Zahnräder
26 May to 13 October 2013

The intriguing and playful side of the world of numbers is on display to visitors over an area covering some 500 square metres, allowing them to indulge in dice games, crack codes and stack foam disks at around 50 hands-on exhibits.

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18. October 2012 - 24. February 2013

The Max Planck Science Tunnel addresses the megatrends of the 21st century. It takes you on a journey through the major issues of basic research, from the origins of space, the idiosyncrasies of the wonder that is the brain, to the vision of sustainable energy supplies. The new Max Planck Science Tunnel premieres at the HNF before beginning its journey around the world. Next stop: Moscow.

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11. January - 16. December 2012

Germany’s Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn is to pay tribute to the achievements of this equally academic and awkward scientist with an ambitious exhibition entitled “Eminent & enigmatic - 10 aspects of Alan Turing”. Its aim is to present Alan Turing’s outstanding achievements to visitors in the form of original exhibits and innovative and artistic installations alike.

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Photo: MIT Museum
06.11.09 - 25.04.10

He was one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th century, the father of the bit, and the pioneer of the information age in which we live. But Claude Shannon not only stood out by virtue of his perspicacity and ingenuity; he also possessed great humour and originality to boot. The founding father of information theory spent his spare time building juggling robots, chess computers and programmable tin mice. He was often seen riding a unicycle or juggling clubs in his office.

The exhibition at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn showcased a selection of his inventions, ranging from the highly practical to the downright useless. The presentation set Shannon’s inventions in the context of his biography and the history of information technology, shed light on the relevant scientific relationships and implications. The exhibits were on loan from the MIT Museum in Boston, the first time that they had been on show at a different location.

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Part of the exhibition
18.01.09 - 05.07.09

The spectacular special exhibition demonstrated the significant role played by current computer-based high tech in today’s sporting world. Visitors were provided with a fascinating insight into state-of-the-art developments over 1,000 m² of floorspace. Many of the exhibits could be tested in hands-on fashion at 26 interactive and 12 media stations. Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble was acting as patron for the project..

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Illustration by Nadia Budde
01.02.08 - 20.07.08

Visitors were able to experience a highly thrilling and always entertaining tour of the world of numbers covering 700 m² of floorspace. The focus in the ring of the Number Circus was firmly on a hands-on approach to arithmetic. The exhibition provided an insight into games of chance, revealed whether animals can perform calculations and explained how sums were done in earlier ages and by different peoples.
 
The popular exhibition was not only appeal to school classes of all ages, but to everybody with an interest in numbers. It was be accessible to all and attractively designed. There were numerous opportunities to explore the fascination of numbers in hands-on fashion.

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24.10.06 - 20.05.07

The exhibition was designed to appeal to the interested layman as well as to employees in the healthcare sector. A range of spectacular exhibits demonstrated the computer’s uses and limitations in the field of medicine. Many of these exhibits were interactive in character, thus adding to the exhibition’s attraction.

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Emotion-sensing robot Mark II from Tokyo University of Science, 2000
24.10.01 - 28.04.02

The exhibition presented the current status of development in robotics and artificial  intelligence, and compared this with the abilities of the human brain.

It showcased the latest robots from international research laboratories and also gave an insight into the world of human senses.

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