The collections of the Deutsches Museum include over 100,000 objects from the fields of science and technology. The large number of valuable original objects makes the Deutsches Museum one of the most important science and technology museums in the world. The collections are not limited to any specific subject area. They include objects ranging from mining to atomic physics, from the Altamira cave to a magnified model of a human cell. They extend from the Stone Age to the present time. As collecting historically significant objects is still one of the Museum’s central tasks, its collections are continously growing.
Around a quarter of the objects are on exhibition – in the main museum on the island in the river, at the transport museum on the Theresienhöhe, in the hangar at Schleißheim airfield, and in the Deutsches Museum Bonn. These illustrate important developments in science and technology, right down to current research.