Communication: From the four-legged courier to email and messaging

Automatic telephone exchange from the 1950s

Today there are (virtually) no limits to communication. Even children are familiar with text messages and e-mails.

This one-hour tour will explain how messages were first transmitted over long distances. Prepare to marvel at a range of astonishing technological developments, from optical telegraphs via early telephones all the way to digital technology.

During the tour you will wear headphones and a transmitter. The museum guide will use a microphone to communicate with you. This ensures that you can hear clearly while you maintain the necessary distance of at least 1.5 metres.

General information

Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Languages: on request
Cost: Tues – Fri: € 35 plus admission charge
Sat/Sun: € 45 plus admission charge
Group size: max. 9 persons

Advance notification is required for all tours.

Please book four weeks beforehand, if possible.

Guided tours must be cancelled at least ten days before the booked date. Read more on our cancellation policy here.

Phone registration: +49-5251/306-660
E-mail: service(at)hnf.de

Safety and hygiene measures

The best option is for you to bring your own headphones with you. All you need is a standard model, for example the ones used for smartphones (3.5-mm jack plug). Those who do not have their own headphones can purchase a pair for €1 at the HNF.

You must sign a declaration of compliance with hygiene and conduct regulations. The ideal option is for you to print out the form at home and bring the signed version with you to the HNF. Please note: Each registered person has to fill out a form; in the case of minors, the form shall be signed by the legal guardian.

You can find the form here

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