Closure due to update

Due to the updating of the permanent exhibition from 1 January to 24 April 2020 all exhibition areas will be closed for renovation. We thank you for your understanding.

Experiencing Industry in Transition

We invite you on a foray through 220 years of Saxon industrial history. To the extent to which Saxony has changed, from the beginnings of industrialisation to the present day, is also made apparent in this building complex, constructed in the early 20th century. Until 1982, it serves as a foundry and machine shop and is extensively renovated from 1999 to 2002 and occasionally supplemented – a particularly suit able location to experience industrial history.

Our exhibition is divided into topical themes and does not follow any strict chronology, but rather present important fields of the industrial world, from mining and the textile industry on the mechanical and automotive engineering, up to the social impacts of industrialisation.

On a silver strip, which guides the visitor through the entire hall, you will find a selection of outstanding Saxon products and inventions. It is astounding what all has come out of Saxony and which new developments the Free State has to offer.

Be sure not to miss your way to the lower level. There, you will gain insight into the textile industry, for a long time the most important sector of Saxon economy. Such a selection of fully functional textile machinery, in part dating back to the late 19th century, you will find hardly anywhere else.

Here, you can also experiment for yourself and experience selected machines in action.