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"Turn ideas into successes. For our people. For our country."

This is the idea behind the works of the prize-winners that can be seen in the permanent exhibition on the Deutscher Zukunftspreis at the Deutsches Museum in Munich since the end of 2006.

Modul of the Prize Winners 2017

The exhibition showcases ten award-winning projects, documenting scientific and academic excellence and the sustainable impact of the innovations. The exhibition introduces the researchers and developers as individuals and as role models and honours their achievements in the "Hall of Fame".

The prize-winners are presented in a "Hall of Fame", at a prominent position and in framed larger-than-life, black-and-white portraits at the top end of the exhibition - the modern equivalent of the actual "Hall of Fame" at the Deutsches Museum. The installation ends with the archive presenting all activities related to the prize and the "Emeritus Module", containing information about all prizewinning projects no longer on display in the exhibition. On the opposite wall is a list of all those whose innovations were shortlisted for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis:
researchers who are among the "circle of the best".

The award-winning works of the prize-winners are dramatically showcased on project islands. Each of the ten modules has a "gateway" that functions as a teaser, a playful invitation that engages the senses and focuses the visitor's attention on the project. In the more in-depth information at the exhibition modules, the scientific background , an explanation of the innovations and their economic and social relevance are presented. The views and experiences of the prize-winners are also documented in brief statements.

The design of the displays and individual modules is angular. Their basic shape is that of an irregular pentagram that gradually assumes its final form and becomes a solid, defined rectangle: this is an allegory of the work process of research and development. It illustrates the path taken from an idea as it becomes a project and ultimately culminates in a specific product.

Excellence, experience and appreciation - these central themes are reflected in the exhibition's execution. It provides information on the aims of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis and emphasizes its particular significance as a prize awarded by the German President.

Presentation of the 2018 winning project at the Deutsches Museum

In industrialized nations, around half of the population is infected with the human cytomegalovirus virus, but only in people with a compromised immune system can it cause severe illness or even death. The presentation of the 2018 award winning project on the life-saving drug development of the team of Prof. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff and Dr. Holger Zimmermann is not simple and because of complex, highly abstract processes also needs different scientifically correct explanations.

A dangerous virus, but actually also beautiful - prominently placed at the front of the module, its implementation outshines the presentation. Depicted almost as large as a basketball and in great detail, the virus is the theme and motif - the principal player. Striking in its physical presence and brilliant in appearance, this central player is designed to arouse interest for the subject.


The information presented by the various media details the exigency as well as the social and economic relevance of the innovation. Facts and details of the journey from the idea to the innovation can be traced on two interactive screens. In addition to explanations in text and graphics, visitors can learn more about other aspects of the project in the display cases. 

Finally, the individuals behind the outstanding scientific achievements are of particular interest. In their own words, the prizewinners relate their life's journeys, the importance and development of their innovation. They provide insight into the cause and effect of extraordinary inquiring minds and spirit of research. 

Deutsches Museum

Your visit to the Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum in Munich will be extensively renovated in the coming years. Therefore, individual exhibitions will be temporarily inaccessible. The exhibition for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis has moved from its original location to the gallery of the ZNT and will be accessible again after the renovation phase in a modified and updated form. Information about the current closures can be found here:


Address and Directions

Museumsinsel 1
80538 Munich / Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 21 791
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 21 79 324
Recorded information: +49 (0) 89 / 21 79 433

All rapid transit lines (S-Bahn: Isartor), underground lines U1 and U2 (Fraunhoferstrasse stop), Bus 131 (Boschbrücke stop), tram no. 17 (to Isartor), tram no. 18 (to Deutsches Museum).
There is some parking in parking structures nearby. As a rule, however, we do not recommend coming by car.

Opening Hours and Admission Charges

The Deutsches Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are sold until 4pm. Admission until 16.30.
The last entrance to the mine and Kinderreich is at 16.45.

The German Museum is closed eight days a year.

01.01.2020 New Year
25.02.2020 Shrove Tuesday
11.03.2020 closed until 12:30 pm for staff meeting
10.04.2020 Good Friday
01.05.2020 May Day
01.11.2020 All Saints' Day
11.11.2020 closed until 12:30 pm for staff meeting
24.12.2020 Christmas Eve
25.12.2020 Christmas
31.12.2020 New Year's Eve

Admission costs
Adults 12,00 €
Admission for children up to 5 years and members is free.
Family ticket 25.00
Up to 2 adults with family members up to 17 years old.
Combi ticket 19,00 €
German Museum + Traffic Center + Flugwerft Schleißheim
valid until redemption for an indefinite period.

The German Museum is currently being extensively renovated. Therefore, several exhibitions are closed and the entrances change again and again during the construction process. Please check up to date when planning a visit to the museum.

If you wish to visit the exhibition on the Deutscher Zukunftspreis at the Deutsches Museum with a small or larger group, please notify the museum in advance by contacting:


Deutsches Museum
Dr. Sabine Gerber, Curator
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 21 79 565
Tours Ms. Beate Schuster
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 21 79 273