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"Evolution of the Universe"

A journey through time and space in our cosmos at the Deutsches Museum Munich

The international year of astronomy 2009 bids farewell in a dazzling finale: The exhibition "Evolution of the Universe", which was initiated and implemented by local area research institutes, commences on 9 December 2009 at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. During the following two years the exhibition will be openly accessible to all visitors of the Deutsches Museum. A festive opening ceremony will be held in the evening hours of 8 December 2009.

Fig 1: Concept of the new cosmology exhibition viewed from two different directions, once from the entrance (top), another time from the backward wall (bottom).
Credit: Die Werft, München

Fig 2: The room in the Deutsche Museum planned to host the new cosmology exhibition shortly after its renovation and before installation of the exhibition.
Credit: Die Werft, München

Fig 3: The plan view of the new cosmology exhibition with central couch area and exhibition items arranged along the circular wall. The entrance is on the right side.
Credit: Die Werft, München

Fig 4: Part of the world's largest elementary particle experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European particle laboratory CERN near Geneva. The experiment is supposed to produce conditions like those shortly after the Big Bang by collisions of extremely energetic protons.
Credit: Die Werft, München

From the Big Bang to the future fate of the Universe
The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through time, starting 13.7 billion years ago and ending with a glimpse of the future fate of the Universe. Along the way, the visitor finds out how space, time, matter and the largest structures of the Universe have formed. An excursion into today's Universe explains the life cycle of stars, galaxy formation and evolution - and the role black holes play in the process.

The exhibition takes advantage of insights from astronomy, astro-, nuclear-, and particle physics to explain the evolutionary history of the Universe from different vantage points. Graphical media such as video clips and posters are used to descriptively depict the current status of modern fundamental research.

Experiments that encourage the participation of the visitor explain what we can learn from the cosmic microwave background radiation, how important dark matter is, and why there is any oxygen, iron, and gold on Earth.

The exhibition "Evolution of the Universe" was initiated and implemented by local research institutes in Munich and Garching:

Opening hours

The Deutsche Museum opens daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


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