The first mathematics interactive museum
The Mathematikum Gießen is the world's first mathematics interactive museum. Since its opening in November 2002, 150,000 visitors a year have experienced "hands-on mathematics". The motto of the more than 150 exhibits is "Hands on". Apart from formal language and theories, mathematics can be experienced with soap bubbles, puzzles, ball tracks and puzzle games.
Actively experience mathematics
The director and initiator of the Mathematikum, Prof. Albrecht Beutelspacher, wants visitors to try everything. Do it yourself and think for yourself is his motto. With the help of the instructive experiments he explains angles and cryptography. The transportable bridge of Leonardo da Vinci is reconstructed and the text encryption of Julius Caesar is cracked. If things get trickier in one of the experiments on the 1200 square metres, the museum's supervisors can help.
Mathematics for the little ones
In the attic is the Mini-Mathematikum, where four to eight-year-olds can already experience mathematics. Here you will find a mirror house, puzzle games and much more. The museum's programme is rounded off by additional events and special exhibitions such as "The Long Night of Mathematics" or the talk series "Beutelspacher Sofa" and a children's lecture.
- The day pass at Mathematikum Giessen is €9 making it one of the 3 cheapest tourist Attractions in Hesse.
How to get there
First follow the signs in the direction of Gießen, then in the direction of Stadtmitte. Then the Mathematikum or the railway station is signposted. The best place to park is in the parking garage Bahnhofstraße. It is located 150 meters from the museum in the direction of the railway station. A day ticket costs 2,50€.
By public transport
The Mathematikum is only 2 minutes walk from the train station.