Bremen Universum: The Universe In One Building In Germany

Bremen Universum Musem
The Universum Museum in Bremen, Germany is one of my favorite museums on the planet.

It’s like a children’s science museum, but for big kids like Carrie and me, it offers hours and hours of entertainment and fun.

Bremen Universum Musem

The museum is designed like a space ship coming out of the planet (from one side), or like a space ship that crash landed (from the other side). Either way you look at it, no worries… it’s safe to go inside.

The museum is split into 3 parts. Mensch, Erde, und Kosmos, (or) People, Earth, and Space.

I’ve been to the museum twice. The first time I went was when I was in Germany 10 years ago with our friend Anne (who we’re going to see in Munich soon), and now with Carrie – 10 years later!

In these two visits, I’ve spent a combined total of 5 hours in the Universum museum, and still only seen 1/3 of it: Mensch. When I went there this time, I forgot which part I had seen, so we went to see Mensch. Most of the experiments and displays were again new for me (even though I’d seen them before), so even though I remembered having seen a lot of it, everything felt new.

And I learned a lot about humans. A lot.

Did you know that there were only 1 billion people on the planet in 1900? This means that in the last 110 years, we have (as a species) grown by 7 times. In all of human history up to 1900, we only reached 1 billion. Millions of years (or at least 8,000 years depending on your beliefs) to reach 1 billion, and then BOOM! huge population growth to 7 billion (the 7 billionth person will probably be born in October in either India or China – no way to know for sure).

I’ll spare you more learning for now, but I find this kind of thing fascinating.

I felt bad for Elsbeth and Harald who took us there – they got through the full museum in 1 ½ hours and had time for a coffee. Carrie and I spent 2 ½ hours there, and were the last ones out of the building as they were closing at 6 PM.

Moral of the story – if you go to a museum with us, come prepared to spend a lot of time. We like to see everything!

And the other moral of the story – if you’re in Bremen, Germany, take an afternoon and go to the Universum Museum. We loved it, and I think you will too.
Bremen Universum Musem

2 thoughts on “Bremen Universum: The Universe In One Building In Germany

  1. Lisa

    I’m sorry we missed it when we were there!! Looks like lots of fun! Oh well …. we loved Bremen, so there’s a good chance we would go back there someday!

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