Whether you like traveling by air, land or sea, you will love the Transport Museum in Dresden. Unique and engaging, the museum is home to a huge collection of models and displays. Opened in 1956 in the, it is situated in the Johanneum in the Neumarkt. The floor plan extends out to 500 square meters of exhibition space and the museum is filled with replicas of trains, trams, aircrafts and ships. Whether you’re into automobiles, history or just want a bit of fun, this museum will offer up a great experience. It’s also a fabulous place to take children as the museum has recently opened up an experiment room specifically for kids.
In May 1952, the Dresden High School for Transportation and the Ministry of Transportation decided that a museum was required to house the old exhibits of the Saxon Railway Museum, which had been abandoned after World War II. This resulted in the creation of the Transport Museum. The first few vehicles brought here were sheltered inside a train shed and from this instance, six employees started to develop the museum. By 1953 there were two exhibitions on display. The Johanneum reopened in 1956 and their first ever exhibition took place, titled ‘"120 years of Saxon Transport history." In 1958, the Ministry of Transport took over the museum and subsequently, renovations were made.
The museum is divided into separate exhibition areas, each highlighting different modes of transport. The exhibits are divided into ‘Railway’, ‘Cars’, ‘Trams’, ‘Bicycles and Motorbikes’, ‘Air Travel’ and finally, ‘Sea Travel’. Stepping into these exhibits has been described as being transported into a different world, full of delicate miniatures and huge original pieces of machinery. The railway exhibit is especially fascinating, with the presence of Germany’s oldest steam engine, the legendary Muldenthal locomotive. It also contains an original narrow gauge locomotive and an original funicular railway car from 1934.
Dresden’s historic tramways and numerous models of bikes and motor-bikes make fascinating displays. The gleaming, beautifully preserved vintage cars will interest keen motorists. You’ll find a collection of ‘biplanes’ upstairs and, if you feel brave, you can take a ride on the penny farthing. The new ‘Shipping’ exhibition will give you the chance to experience some high seas adventure and this museum also chronicles the history of aviation, right from the hot air balloon to today’s supersonic airliners. Your visit will finally be rounded off with a film – ‘Dresden – Old Splendour and New Shine’.
With a vast collection of machinery old and new, this museum is a tribute to the engineering capacities of mankind. The development of technology over the past few decades is inspiring, from the early days of automation till today’s highly varied collection of specialized vehicles. Kids will love the more hands on exhibits and will be enchanted by the small figurines and models of trains, planes and cars. Auto lovers, history buffs, big kids and small alike will thoroughly enjoy the experience. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.
- The children zone, especially the flight experiments, is great even for adults.
- Check out the helicopter flight simulator.
- Most of the exhibits do not have an English description.
- 5 years of age and younger are free.
- You can reach easily from the Transport Museum with the Dresden tram 1,2 or 4 from the Old Market Square stop.
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79.64% of people who visit Dresden include Transport Museum Dresden in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
67.89% of people start their Transport Museum Dresden visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Transport Museum Dresden
77.37% of people prefer walking in order to reach Transport Museum Dresden
The kids loved the museum! Possibly more than me. It was definitely a nice break from the rain. The staff was very courteous and friendly. The building was clean and well lit, and the amenities for the kids was excellent!
Had an absolutely fantastic time roving around the museum. Great exhibits, fun stories and great translations for most plaques. Would definitely recommend this if you're looking for something a bit out of the tourist way, especially if you're into technology and engineering.
Pretty fun and light museum. Maybe the exhibitions were aimed more for kids, since it seemed too light and shallow for my taste. The car exhibition was interesting though, and the main hall was nice.
Best Museum in that part of Germany: interesting exhibits (cars, plane fragments), but the best part is the narrative around them. It is truly engaging. As it seems to be standard in Europe, this is not always true in relation to German museums. Loved especially part when one could see how does a plane work.
Great place for car lovers. Unique experience, suitable for families and children, a lot of engaging activities that kids would love (even adults). Needs 1-3 hours depends on the details you want Audiotours available in English as well. Good location Note : don't forget to go up and check the plane and ferry section. Last floor has kids waiting area!