Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn, Germany

Exhibitions & Museums

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn shows the beginnings of writing and numbers, the development of machine data processing and the technical achievements of our digital present.

On two floors you will go through 5,000 years of information history, from cuneiform writing to artificial intelligence. You will encounter ancient typewriters and calculators, the first computers, game consoles from retro to modern and fascinating robots.


Special exhibition "Waves - Dive in!"

We encounter them in the form of a rainbow or while listening to music. Bees and dolphins depend on them and they can move entire land masses - waves! Waves are not only ubiquitous in our lives, but are also used for a wide range of applications - whether in medicine, communication, looking into the earth or navigation.

Through Jan. 5, 2025, you can experience the interactive special exhibition on the third floor of the HNF. With colorful large-format illustrations and many hands-on exhibits, the Focus Terra exhibition invites visitors to playfully discover the meaning, beauty and power of waves with all their senses.

Listen to the waves, feel their energy and experiment with them. Let earthquake waves dance in our fountain, hear like a dolphin and guess shapes by feeling ultrasonic waves through 192 small speakers. Fun for the whole family!

More at https://www.hnf.de/wellenausstellung


Group offers

In cooperation with regional partners, the HNF offers exciting combined tours. In the tour "From natural landscapes to worlds of technology," you will first learn about local animal and plant species at the Natural History Museum Schloß Neuhaus, and in the HNF you will learn about the role the environment plays in information technology. During the tour "From Collection Storage to Data Storage" at the Paderborn City Museum, you will become an expert on the history of Paderborn, in which the entrepreneur Heinz Nixdorf plays a decisive role. The tour "City and Computer" offers you a tour of Paderborn, ending with a visit to the HNF. The tour "Visiting Heinrich and Heinz" introduces you to two Paderborn icons in the Diocesan Museum and the HNF: Charlemagne and Heinz Nixdorf.

Opening hours:

Thurs-Fri: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat, Sun and holidays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tours, lectures, workshops and more at https://www.hnf.de/en/home.html.