The Dresden Transport Museum presents exhibits on the history of individual modes of transport on an area of 5000 square meters. The institution was opened in 1956. The museum is located in Johanneum, in the historic center of Dresden, on Neumarkt Square.
The history of the Dresden Transport Museum began on May 1, 1952 during the negotiations between the College of Transport and the Ministry of Transport on the construction of a traffic museum in the German Democratic Republic. It was originally planned to create a railway museum from the exhibits of the Saxon Railway, which have been stockpiled since the Second World War. Today, the museum exposition covers all industries related to transportation and, despite the expansion, barely fits in the Johanneum building. Part of the museum’s exposition has been moved to the premises of the historical commodity depot.
Exhibitions of the Museum of Transport
At the Dresden Museum of Transport, today there are five large expositions devoted to the main means of transportation – Road transport, Railway, Shipping, Aviation, as well as an independent department – Model of railways.
The exposition tells about the bicentennial history of the development of traffic. Visitors to this section will get to know both the very first and the most modern models of bicycles, motorcycles and cars, as well as learn all about their discoverers.
Many exhibits are allowed to touch and climb inside. You can ride a penny-farting bike, and dream up in the laboratory of the future about how vehicles might soon look like.
The exposition of this section of the Museum of Transport presents historical models of locomotives and wagons, a total of 105 original rail vehicles.
In 1839, it was in Saxony, between Leipzig and Dresden, the first German long-distance railway line Germany was laid. In the Museum of Transport you can admire the first locomotive of German production, which was called Saxony and was in operation until 1856.
The collection of this department includes locomotives of all types of traction. The Muldenthal steam locomotive, constructed in 1861, is considered the oldest, fully preserved locomotive in Germany. In addition, the museum exposition has an original court car-salon of 1885.
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The exhibition tells the story of the oldest mode of transport – river and sea shipping. Ship models, historical paintings, and films on shipping on the Elbe, Oder, and Rhine are presented here.
A separate section is devoted to the so-called Chain Shipping. A chain with a length of about 700 kilometers was laid along the bottom of the Elba River, along which caravans of barges moved.
An interesting offer for young visitors. If even before you visit the museum using your smartphone or home computer application, you can create your own ship, then when you visit the museum you can become a participant in the race, competing with the ships of other museum visitors.
Virtual ship designer
During an interactive 3D tour of the cabins and salons, the wheelhouse and the engine compartment, with the help of historical photographs and documents, visitors will learn about the history, equipment and operation of the Chaperon wheeled steamer, which cruised along the Green River (USA) at the beginning of the 20th century.
On the official website of the Museum of Transport, you can download a mobile application that allows you to get all the information about any exhibit of the museum, including in Russian.
The exposition of this department of the museum tells about the pioneers of aeronautics, such as Wilhelmina Reinhard, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Otto Lilienthal, Hans Grade, Hugo Junkers and Uwe Strodeicher, as well as the history of aircraft construction in the GDR.