Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon, this major exhibition will take visitors on their very own journey into space.
An impressive display of darkness, planets and space vehicles will welcome visitors to the 800-square-metre exhibition, which offers extensive insights into mankind’s conquest of space.
The tour starts out with an extraordinary exhibit: visitors are invited to touch a small piece of moon stone displayed in a cabinet.
In addition, a starry sky is projected onto a cupola, representing the relationship between humans and the universe. A replica of the Nebra sky disk, an astrolabe and a telescope all serve to demonstrate how mankind has tried to understand the stars.
The early days of rocket science in Peenemünde, Germany, are linked to war and death, as illustrated by the destroyed combustion chamber of a V2 rocket, but visitors can also see the V2’s “Mixer”, the first board computer.
The Apollo programme is one of the exhibition’s focal points. Visitors have the spectacular opportunity of driving over the moon’s surface with the moon rover or standing in the cockpit of the lunar module of Apollo 11, just as Armstrong and Aldrin once did. There is a miniature model of the entire lunar module in addition to an original computer and two control panels from Saturn rockets.
Thanks to Deep Frame, an astronaut floating in the atmosphere and a flight through the planetary system can be experienced three-dimensionally – a special attraction that doesn’t even require 3D glasses.
Numerous space stations, probes and rockets are featured as models, ranging from the Saturn V to the space shuttle through to the ISS, Alexander Gerst’s temporary home. The combustion chamber of an Ariane 5, the first probe to land on a comet, and astronauts’ space suits are also on display. Furthermore, augmented reality allows visitors to explore the individual layers of a suit.
The satellite navigation area offers a precise depiction and vivid explanation of how these technologies are routinely used.
What will a trip to Mars or habitation on the moon look like for humans? A rover, probe and walking robot tasked with surveying the surface of Mars all highlight the scientific exploration of the red planet.
The exhibition concludes with an astro-playground called Lunar Lander Land, where children can climb through the lunar module, steer a lunar rover or make a footprint in moon dust. Moreover, tin cans are used to demonstrate the gravitational pull of the planets in our solar system.
Visitors to the museum can get a first or further impression of the conquest of space in the foyer of the HNF, where they will find a model of Ariane 6, which is scheduled to launch next year. In addition, you can see an original fire extinguisher from the Apollo mission as well as a cosmonaut glove. There are also other exhibits that were actually in space – the board clock from the Soyuz 18 space ship in 1975 and a lunar map used by Apollo 12 crew members in November 1969 and signed by the astronaut Dick Gordon.
Adults: 5 euros
Discount: 3 euros
Family ticket: 10 euros
Groups of 10 and more: 3 euros
Groups of 10 and more discount: 2 euros
Combination ticket with the permanent exhibition:
Adults: 10 euros
Discount: 6 euros
Family ticket: 20 euros
Groups of 10 and more: 6 euros
Groups of 10 and more discount: 4 euros
Return ticket: Combination tickets (except for group tickets) authorise the holder to visit the permanent exhibition a second time within 12 months of the original visit.
Groups from general-education and vocational schools, universities, universities of applied sciences, kindergartens and day-care centres are admitted free of charge by prior arrangement. Please phone +49 (0)5251-306-660 or service(at)hnf.de.
Exhibition area: Third floor of the HNF
Exhibition space: 800 square metres
All texts, videos and multimedia applications will be in German and English.
A multimedia guide is also available free of charge in the museum shop. It displays and reads aloud all of the exhibition’s texts in German, English, French and Dutch and serves as an orientation through the exhibition.
One-hour guided tours will be offered. Further information: service(at)hnf.de
At 4:15 p.m. on Sundays, the HNF will offer a free, one-hour tour of the special exhibition. The tour is free. Participants pay only the price of admission to the museum. No advance registration is necessary.
"Hello universe!" was conceived by HNF in cooperation with space flight management at the German Aerospace Centre.
Michael Mikolajczak, HNF
Alexander Ostermann, Paderborn
Christian Rakautz, Berlin
Raimund Schucht, Berlin
Design of Lunar Lander Land:
Volker Morawe, Amsterdam