Before the invention of the railways, ships were the main means of transport. At the time, it was faster, more comfortable and reliable to travel and transport goods on water than over land. Besides conveying cargo and people, boats also carried news, ideas and knowledge – from town to town, from country to country and from continent to continent.
The new permanent exhibition “Cast off!” is set on board a ship. Visitors enter a spectacular, stylised ship’s hull to embark on a journey through 1000 years of inland and maritime navigation.
Fascinating models and sensational major exhibits that have never been shown before provide an insight into life on and with the river, steam boat navigation in Saxony and inland navigation in East Germany on the one hand, and ocean travel, deep-sea fishing and maritime navigation on the other.
The exhibition not only deals with the different means of transport and their technology, but also with the people who lived and worked on the rivers and oceans. At video terminals, you can listen to sailors telling what it was like to work on a ship, while at listening stations dotted around the exhibition the members of a fictitious family describe their everyday life.
If the many exciting stories and exhibits have whetted your appetite for adventure, why not try out our digital regatta game, where you can design your own ship and race it against competitors.