#5 Deutsches Röntgen Museum

My name is Jenni Fuchs and I would like to adopt the Deutsches Röntgen Museum.

Deutsches Röntgen Museum (Photograph by Jenni Fuchs)

Deutsches Röntgen Museum (Photograph by Jenni Fuchs)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I’m an experienced museum professional, social media enthusiast and passionate amateur photographer currently based in Edinburgh. Until recently I was working at National Museums Scotland as their Audience Research Officer, but am about to relocate to Berlin as my husband has been offered a new job there. I founded @Museum140 to be home to some exciting collaborative social media projects. I also tweet as @jennifuchs.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Röntgen Museum, in the German town of Lennep (the birthplace of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen), is “the home of x-ray history”, covering both the life of Röntgen himself and his discovery, as well as wider history and usage up to the current day of x-rays e.g. in medicine, therapy, art and Egyptology! It used to be a specialist science museum but has recently been transformed into “a modern theme-oriented museum for all ages”. It’s open year round Tuesdays – Sundays, and at only 3.50 Euro (concessions available) is an absolute bargain.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
It’s one of the museums local to where my parents live (in the next town along), so when we visit them we often visit the museum too. So far, I’ve been three times – before, during and after the renovation. Even back then it was really interesting, but now it’s absolutely fantastic. I was therefore shocked to hear they have an average of only 30 visitors a day, rising up to maybe 100 on a good day at weekends or during holidays. Lennep is a fairly small, out of the way town and not many people have heard of the museum. I just wanted to run out and shout about it to the whole world – it’s what initially gave idea to the adopt-a-museum project.

Why would you recommend people visit?
On our latest visit, we arrived thinking an hour should be plenty time, and almost two hours later ended rushing to see everything before it closed. The museum bills itself as a “hands-on event focused on the fascination of discovery” where you “won’t just stand and look”. The mixture of historical artefacts, recreated rooms, audio guide (including a version for children), hands-on interactives, and touchscreens that let you explore the subjects at your level of interest, truly creates an engaging experience that offers something for everyone, whether you’re a child or an adult, only interested in popular science or looking for a specialist approach. It’s a place that makes time fly, which is exactly what you want from a museum visit.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
engaging interactive discovery

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