A fascinating journey
through the world of mobility.
On land, on water and in the air.
What moves you
A fascinating journey
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Embark on a great voyage from the Elbe river out onto the high seas, and experience over 1,000 years of Elbe shipping history in a spectacular stylised ship’s hull.
Ready for take-off!Aviation
Join us on a unique adventure through 200 years of aviation history, and discover the aircraft 152. Learn about the phenomenon of air in our Experiments Room.
Take the wheel!Road transport
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for fascinating facts about the people who brought us the vehicles of 200 years of road transport history. Design your very own vehicle of the future in the future lab!
All aboard!Railway transport
Hoist yourself up into various driver’s cabs, flick switches, press buttons and turn cranks ‒ you’ll feel just like the engine drivers of 100 years ago!
Even more adventure
Ramp the thrusters up to full speed in the flight simulator and take to the skies. Probe the mysteries of flying with your feet firmly planted on the ground!
Drive, play, build
Put your skill to the test on the bobby cars and trains in our Transport Garden, and, if you like, you can even try for your driving licence if you ask in advance.
More than 200 locomotives merrily do their laps in our large model train set (0-scale). This miniature world boasts rarities up to 50 years old, just waiting to be discovered.
Steam-powered car by Gustav Adolf Schöche
August Horch is probably a familiar name to most car enthusiasts. But what about Gustav Adolf Schöche? The name of this Dresden-based master smith has faded into obscurity, even though he was already wheeling round Saxony in an automobile nine years before Horch. Of course, it was powered by steam, not internal combustion. Schöche finished his steam-powered car in 1895, making it the first automobile to be driven in the kingdom of Saxony.
Plauen balloon basket
Today as ordinary as riding a bike, but once a seductive challenge for bold men and women: flying. Those who stepped into a wicker basket belonging to a hot air balloon in the early 20th century were taking their life into their hands. In 1908, for example, wind drove the Plauen, a reproduction can be viewed at the museum, and its two occupants away from Berlin and out over the North Sea, where it drifted just above the water’s surface for hours. The two balloonists were only rescued by chance. The captain of a fishing vessel came across them, and pulled them from the waves.
In the German Democratic Republic (GDR), very few people could afford to buy a newly manufactured boat. The Eigenbau (do-it-yourself) “brand” was more affordable, with people customarily using parts that had originally been made for other purposes. For example, the motor for this motorboat came from a Wartburg automobile and the steering wheel from a Škoda. This boat embarked on its maiden voyage in 1968, after two years in construction.
Most automobiles in our exhibition are no longer roadworthy. One exception, however, is our Hillman Minx IIIA (constructed in 1960, 55 HP), which we regularly take to vintage car rallies. These cars were manufactured by the British Rootes Group and imported to the GDR in unknown quantities in the 1950s/1960s. They were given to doctors, lawyers, etc. in an attempt by the state government to get them to stay in the GDR. The irony of the story: the former owner fled to West Germany in this Hillman model in November 1989, shortly before the wall fell.
Textile manufacturer Albin Liebisch produced motorcycles in small series in the Czech Republic from 1924 to 1938. His creations were bespoke, meeting customer specifications in terms of colour, handlebar style and other details. So no one machine was exactly like another. Thanks to the extremely long chassis, it could rightly be called the first “family bike”, as it offered space for three people.
Muldenthal steam locomotive
The Muldenthal was the first large exhibit in the Transport Museum and has been on display since 1956. Today, it is the oldest fully preserved German-built locomotive. In 1861, the locomotive was commissioned by Bockwaer Kohleneisenbahn-Gesellschaft and made to order at the Richard Hartmann machine works in Chemnitz. It served as a shunting locomotive thereafter.
The NSU-Fiat 1100 is a rare exhibit, as it is one of just 19 examples of this model left in existence, with a bodywork by the Dresden firm Gläser. Founded in 1929 with support from Dresden Bank and Fiat, NSU Automobil GmbH manufactured Fiat models under licence for the German market until 1941. This NSU Fiat 1100 is to be restored over the next few years, re-using as many original parts as possible. This will be funded by the museum and suitable partner companies.
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Set your event in motion
In the very place where princes and kings once ‘parked’ their horses and carriages, your event is certain to be a right royal experience.
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