Two Million Visitors at Futurium
Since opening in September 2019, the House of Futures near Berlin’s main train station has welcomed two million visitors through its doors. This makes Futurium one of the most visited attractions in Berlin. Currently, the exhibition, the Lab and the events are all dedicated to the theme of democracy.
By means of augmented reality and 3D printers, children can shape democracy according to their own ideas; the audio expedition “Mission Possible 2046” invites explorers of the future to travel in time to our democracy of tomorrow; and adventurous gourmets can try out future diets such as grasshopper crêpes. Since 5 September 2019, Futurium has invited visitors of all ages not only to explore possible futures, but also to hear, feel and taste them.
More than two million people from Berlin, Germany and all over the world have already accepted this invitation. At Futurium, they have been able to take in a wide range of offerings, including guided tours, workshops, Open Lab Nights and events held at the Forum. Or else they had a chance to explore possible futures on their own in the exhibition with its themed areas on humans, nature and technology.
Today, Futurium is one of the most visited exhibition houses and museums in Berlin.
We want to provide a place for people of different origins, attitudes and opinions to come together and exchange ideas.
Futurium Director Dr Stefan Brandt is grateful to everyone who has made this possible:
“We’re overwhelmed that in our four years of operation we’ve already been able to welcome two million people – despite the interruptions caused by Corona. We take this as a confirmation of our open approach: at Futurium, we don’t want to lecture anyone, but seek rather to discuss in a science-based manner exciting, future-related approaches and options. We want to provide a place for people of different origins, attitudes and opinions to come together and exchange ideas. It’s all about exploring common grounds without ignoring differences of opinion. That’s why we’ve placed our focus for 2023 on the theme ‘Futures of Democracy’, which has obviously found great resonance with our audience.”
Futurium is located between the Reichstag building and the main train station. The “Skywalk” on the roof of the building offers not only a glimpse of the collector panels for the photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, but also a beautiful view of the German Chancellery and the curve of the Spree. Admission to Futurium is free of charge. Our focus on democracy will continue until April 2024.
Credit: David von Becker
About Futurium’s partners
Futurium’s partners include, in addition to the Federal Republic of Germany (represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V. – DAAD), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina e.V. – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften), acatech – German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the Promotion of Applied Sciences (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.), the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V.), the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.), the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz), BASF SE, Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG and Infineon Technologies AG.
Futurium is the House of Futures. Everything here revolves around the question: how do we want to live? In the exhibition, visitors can discover many possible futures; in the Forum, they can take part in open discussions; and, in the Futurium Lab, they can try out their own ideas. One thing we know for sure today: in the future, we will have major challenges to overcome. How can we bring climate change under control? Which technologies do we want to use in the future? Does technology serve us – or do we serve technology? How can we take our democracy to the next level? The future also emerges from our decisions and actions in the present. For this reason, Futurium, which was opened in September 2019, wants to inspire all its visitors to engage themselves with the future and to play a part in shaping it. Since its opening, more than two million people have already visited the House of Futures, while further millions of people have clicked on its digital offerings.