Why is the sky blue? Can you see heat? Any why does a plane stay up in the sky? Just three of the hundreds of questions answered at Science Center Spectrum.
Hands on - Minds on!
Some 250 interactive exhibits make science and technology a special experience at Science Center Spectrum. Attractive and astonishing phenomena encourage young and old alike to join in the experiments independently. Fundamental laws of nature, the basics of science and technical principles are explained in a fun way.
These exhibits are made to be touched – and often you need to use your other senses too. A visit to Science Center Spectrum is a fascinating and eventful journey into the world of science and technology, which fires your imagination and makes you think. An educational role
Giving visitors the opportunity to explore and experiment for themselves in a playful manner is a must at Science Center Spectrum. By making it entertaining and enjoyable to find out about science and technology Science Center Spectrum plays an important role in public education.
Space for science
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of science and technology. Waiting for you we have ten wide-ranging themes spread out over about 1,400 m² of space on four floors, and lots of exciting events too.
The idea of creating a place of education where people can learn about science through demonstrations and experiments dates back to the early seventeenth century, when the philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon described his “Solomon’s House”, an institution that offered exactly those possibilities.
But the idea was not acually put into practice until much later, and it happened here in Berlin. The Urania, which was founded in 1888 and survived in its original form until 1928, offered a collection of high-precision scientific instruments, an observatory, a scientific theatre and a hall of experiments for everybody.
Here anyone who was interested could try out nearly 100 experiments. In those days many of these were set up as “push-button” experiments, where pressing a button made something happen.
When it opened in 1969, Frank Oppenheimer’s Exploratorium in San Francisco was the world’s first modern science centre. Here visitors were given much broader scope to experiment on their own.
The first such centre in Germany was at the Museum of Transport and Technology (today German Museum of Technology), which from its early days in 1982/83 possessed a large modern experimentation department called Versuchsfeld (today Science Center Spectrum). These days there are more than a dozen science centres of various sizes in Germany.
As well as the experiments, you will also find here a small collection of high-precision scientific instruments and documents from the time of the old Berlin Urania.
Entrance: Möckernstraße 26
Postal address: Trebbiner Straße 9
Tel.: +49 30 / 90 254-284
Fax: +49 30 / 90 254-283
E-mail: spectrum [AT] sdtb.de
Opening hours Tuesday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Public holidays 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Full: € 4.50
Concessions: € 2.50
Groups (of 10 or more)
Full: € 3.00
Concessions: € 1.50
FamilienPass holders (FamilienPass available from museum shop for € 6.00)
Full: € 3.00
Concessions: € 1.50
Tickets are valid for same-day visits to the Science Center Spectrum AND the German Museum of Technology.