Facts & Figures

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum GmbH
DirectorDr. 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
CollectionObjects relating to calculating, writing and printing, office automation and computer technology
Contents of the permanent exhibition The cultural history of information technology in a time journey covering 5,000 years
Multimedia stations85 multimedia terminals with interactive applications created especially for the exhibition, 29 video and audio installations, two games platforms with 12 multimedia PCs
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
BistroF7 | Café & Co.
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 8 Euro, Reduced price 5 Euro,
Family ticket 16 Euro
Return ticket: All admission tickets (except for group tickets) authorise the holder to visit the HNF a second time within twelve months of the original visit.
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
Construction Phase 1992 to 1996
Opening October, 24th, 1996
Number of guided tours48,905 (as at 31.12.2021)
Number of events21,329 (as at 31.12.2021)

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
2017: 113,000
2018: 111,000
2019: 136,000
2020: 56,000
2021: 45,000

PartnerStiftung Westfalen
Board of Management: Martin Nixdorf, Dr. Horst Nasko, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Risch
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. 
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