Arithmetic became indispensable for business and management some 5,000 years ago with the flourishing of the first civilisations. But this cultural technique was mastered by very few people, administrators, merchants and scholars among them.
Numbers, number words and written number symbols were required before proper calculating could begin. Number systems which permitted simple calculations were developed over time in a long-drawn-out process.
The Arithmetic tour explains the evolutionary process from counting tools all the way to high-performance computers.
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.
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
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.