This can be seen in the exhibition in the museum

Göttingen.1,500 exhibits from 70 collections await discovery at the Göttingen Knowledge Forum: On Saturday, 4 June, at 10 am, the Science Museum in Berlinerstrasse will open its doors to visitors for the first time. The visit is free. Visitors can collect digital items, but also strike crystals in a completely analog way.

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There are rooms that really look like a museum. Inside: dark wooden cabinets, many drawers with historical carvings and old wooden chests with glass lids, under which butterflies, stick insects and other insects are glued and marked as they were in centuries past. This is true at first glance. The second shows that it is not about insects, but about storage, collection and sorting. “Each room has a very different and special atmosphere,” explains Joachim Bauer of Die Exponauten and head of the organizing team for the Forum Knowledge project.

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The fact that the Knowledge Forum is not a classic museum, but a place for exchange and discussion, is made clear to visitors by the fact that a wall of drawers contains information about various human skulls from the collection of anthropologist Blumenbach. “In addition, visitors can hear very different voices about this sensitive topic,” Bauer explains.

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But before visitors enter the twelve exhibition rooms on the first floor, they can enjoy what’s to come in three “introductory rooms” on the ground floor. “Visually, but also with sound and information,” explains Marie-Luisa Almayer, Head of Central Guard at the University of Göttingen.

Göttingen Knowledge Forum: Explore with the app

Headers can be seen in the showcases in the first introduction room. Among others, mathematician David Hilbert, who climbed off the pedestal during the 2009 school and student protests in the auditorium on Wilhelmsplatz and was badly damaged. Why and Why: It’s all a matter of perspective. Next to it: a historic seal helmet of arctic fishermen and a bust of Socrates. If you want to learn more, you can use the app that visitors to the museum receive at the beginning of their tour to hear very different sounds. Among them is former university president Ulrike Bisiegel. The exhibits can also be collected digitally using this app, and the information can also be retrieved later.

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A video wall featuring films about many important people in the scientific community puts the gallery in the right mood, too. Because without many craftsmen, cleaners, and laboratory workers, science would not be possible.

So the dark room in the “cupboards” on the first floor is followed by a lighter white room. It is about the topic of “lab”. Whoever enters the “lab” enters the brightly lit room through a curtain made of thick plastic slats. A variety of equipment from different disciplines and scientific eras can be seen and explored on the shelves. There is something to discover everywhere in the twelve rooms. Digital and on the shelf. Metal is available for touch up and podcasts are available to listen to in bubble chairs suspended from the ceiling. From different points of view of course.

Knowledge Forum: There is a lot to discover in the exhibition.

The visitor can take a seat in a small hall where the videos are played. During the tour, you can see the original Jhering desk, a huge fetus model, astronomical instruments, stuffed animals, historical records and monitors everywhere to research the background of these objects. Sometimes even scientists are on the wrong track. Visitors can also find out what that means; Immediately after the passage of the ancient Greek ships.

Knowledge forum is full of history and stories

The House of Knowledge is full of stories – and full of history. “The house was built in 1878 as a natural history museum,” says Alemeyer. As early as 1773, shortly after the founding of the university, there was a pioneer, the “Royal Academic Museum”.

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The old colors have been applied again in the lobby of the Knowledge Forum. “Everything here has been restored to how it was before,” she says. And: “So we’re really in the third shift here,” Allemeyer says. The exhibition rooms are mostly bright and modern, renovated and equipped to the latest standards. The museum wasn’t quite finished when visitors arrived on Saturday. The “collection display,” a large glass cube displaying a gallery of each collection, will only be fully stocked in a few weeks. But there is already a lot to see.

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