In the TMW-Zine we provide exclusive glimpses behind the scenes, tell interesting stories about the exciting museum work and present our research projects. In addition to your museum visit, you can always discover something new here!
After the locomotive had been brought into the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) in a spectacular move, the wedding ceremony took place – which is how the re-joining of the locomotive and the axles is fondly referred to.
The 12.10 is a superlative steam locomotive! It is the largest, heaviest, fastest and most powerful locomotive ever built in the Republic of Austria. The Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) is rightfully proud to harbour this gem of industrial history from now on.
In spring 2020, when educational and cultural institutions had to restrict their operations due to the coronavirus crisis, apprentice carpenters of the non-profit association “Jugend am Werk” [“Youth at Work”] and cultural mediators of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) joined up digitally as part of the educational project entitled “Me at the virtual museum”.
How can a museum, as a cultural and social institution, incorporate and reflect the plurality of our society? In the STEM fields, it is particularly important to investigate the question of gender diversity and the traditional male approach to technology and science.
In addition to the items in the extensive collection of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology), the interactive exhibits – or “hands-on installations” – are another major attraction for visitors of all ages coming to the museum.
The Technisches Museum Wien has a very large pool of objects dating back to the 18th century. They are only available for museum tasks once they have been inventoried and recorded according to location.
What does a museum do to document a historic event like the coronavirus crisis? The Technisches Museum Wien mit Österreichischer Mediathek (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology with Austrian Media Library) shares insights into its current collecting practices.
10,000 exhibits across an exhibition area of 22,000 m² offer plenty of surfaces for dust to settle. Cleaning requires not only great care when handling the historical objects, but also some spirit of adventure.