Facts & Figures

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum GmbH
DirectorsDr. Kurt Beiersdörfer
Dr. Jochen Viehoff
Exhibition design Working party led byArbeitsgemeinschaft
Prof. Ludwig Thürmer, Berlin
Prof. Gerhard Diel, Berlin
Workforce40 HNF employees
external service staff
Permanent exhibition area6.000 m²
Special exhibition area550 m² and 900 m²
Total area18.000 m²
CollectionAbout 6,000 objects relating to calculating, writing and printing, office automation and computer technology, over 2,000 of these objects in the exhibition
Contents of the permanent exhibition The cultural history of information technology in a time journey covering 5,000 years
Multimedia stations67 multimedia terminals with interactive applications created especially for the exhibition, 29 video and audio installations, two games platforms with 12 multimedia PCs, software theatre
Student laboratorycoolMINT – the student laboratory of the University of Paderborn and the HNF
Library and archiveComputer history library and archive,
Media library
Seminar rooms7 conference rooms with variable seating arrangements ranging from 30 to 130 seats,
1 room for events from our educational museum programme
Auditorium700 m², 386 seats
  • With direct, interactive reference to the exhibition
  • Dealing with issues of mankind, technology and society
  • Paderborner Podium
  • Education
  • Computer workshops
  • Guided Tours
MuseumsshopWide range of printed and electronic media about the exhibition, educational media, games and souvenirs
BistroCafe and restaurant with 240 seats
Construction Phase 1992 to 1996
Opening October, 24th, 1996
Number of guided tours43.218 (as at 31.12.2016)
Number of events17.260 (as at 31.12.2016)

1996: 17,000
1997: 72,000
1998: 112,000
1999: 123,000
2000: 100,000
2001: 131,000
2002: 138,000
2003: 86,000
2004: 101,000
2005: 130,000
2006: 100,000
2007: 165,000
2008: 125,000
2009: 138,000
2010: 96,000
2011: 114,000
2012: 131,000
2013: 119,000
2014: 111,000
2015: 100,000
2016: 114,000

PartnerStiftung Westfalen
Board of Management: Martin Nixdorf, Dr. Horst Nasko, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Risch
Opening times Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Monday
Special arrangements on public holidays
AdmissionAdults 7 Euro, Reduced price 4 Euro,
Family ticket 14 Euro, Annual familiy ticket 50 Euro, Annual ticket 25 Euro,
reduced price annual ticket 15 Euro,
School classes will be admitted free of charge when registered in advance
BusBus number 11 takes you to the HNF. Get off at the "MuseumsForum" stop
Car park 165 parking spaces in front of the building
The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is sponsored by the Stiftung Westfalen, founded by Heinz Nixdorf. This foundation concentrates on promoting science and teaching in the field of information technology. 

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Fürstenallee 7 in Paderborn

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is not only the world's largest computer museum but also a modern conference centre.

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

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