• Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum –
    The world’s biggest computer museum
  • Things come apart
    25 August to 26 November 2017
  • Every era has its innovations.
    We show the best of them.
  • 5,000 years of history:
    from the clay tablet to the smart world

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Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Fürstenallee 7, 33102 Paderborn

Tu – Fr:9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sa – Su:  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Monday 

Closed from 31 July through 21 August for maintenance.

Guided tour

Travel information

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) in Paderborn invites you on a tour of discovery and hands-on exploration! Come and experience the history, present and future of information technology over 6,000 m² of floorspace, from the first written characters, via typewriters and calculating machines all the way to early computers and present-day robots. The world’s biggest computer museum is an exciting destination for people of all ages and a lively event venue.

  • Before we get to heaven, there´s life on earth, and it is here that we must build a socially just society.
    Heinz Nixdorf, 1986
  • There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
    Ken Olson, 1977
  • The Internet? Is that thing still around?
    Homer Simpson
  • Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
    Steve Wozniak
  • Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
    Popular Mechanics, 1949
  • Spam will be a thing of the past in two years’ time.
    Bill Gates, 2004

Take a trip through 5,000 years of history and get to know inventors, entrepreneurs, historical machines and the latest technological developments in the process.

The HOTSPOT Bistro provides a wide range of delicious offerings, ranging from breakfast and lunch to afternoon coffee and cakes.

A trip to the HNF turns a birthday party with friends into a real highlight.

Experience an entertaining guided tour of the highlights of the permanent exhibition with the free, multilingual multimedia guide. You can even use it on your own smartphone, if you prefer.


The app for the iPhone and iPad provides essential information about the HNF in German, English and French, a multimedia guide and an IT history quiz.


54 fascinating photos provide an overview of the main objects in the museum, from the clay tablet to the robot.


Eleven stations in the museum can be viewed in a 360-degree panorama.


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