Fascination of optics
Experience over 175 years of innovation firsthand.
Join us on a fascinating journey through the world of optics.
More than 1,000 exciting and often unique exhibits on an area of 1,000 square meters.
In ten different categories, you can enjoy interesting, valuable and unexpected encounters with the history of product and technology development that are important to ZEISS.
The exhibition takes you from the present into the past: from leading-edge medical technology systems ad the photo of Neil Armstrong, which he captured with a ZEISS lens during the first moon langing, right up to one of Napoleon’s telescopes.
From planetariums to optical lithography
Explore the evolution of trailblazing optical technologies, methods and instruments not only visually, but by trying numerous exhibits out for yourself, with a host of interactive exhibits like microscopes and telescopes.
Sharpen your focus.
Eyeglasses and Ophthalmic Systems
Without pioneers like ZEISS, many people would not be able to see the world in all its splendor today. ZEISS has been developing technologies for diagnosing and treating eye diseases for more than 100 years. Embark on a fascinating tour through the world of ophthalmology.
Microscopes have enabled some of the most important discoveries in history – from penicillin to stem cell research. Explore the unique microcosm of ZEISS, the pioneer in optics.
From the automotive industry to medical technology: without precision measuring technology, industrial production would hardly be able to meet the high standards expected of products. See for yourself.
Everyday life would be virtually unthinkable without lithography optics: it is the key process used for the production of microchips which now pervade practically every facet of the modern world. Learn more about the technologies and methods developed and used at ZEISS.
Modern medicine has already saved millions of lives. Surgeons around the globe rely on visualization solutions from ZEISS. Experience this fascinating world up close.
Bring it closer.
Spotting scopes and binoculars from ZEISS have been making it possible to experience and observe nature for more than 120 years. They bring distant details up close and make them visible.
Camera and Cine Lenses
Whether macro, tele or wide-angle: the right lens is a must for creating exceptional photographs. Explore the evolution of the various camera lenses at ZEISS. Always wanted to go to Hollywood? Now you can experience Oscar-winning camera technology from ARRI in cooperation with ZEISS in Oberkochen as well.
In the 1920s, ZEISS developed the world's first projection planetarium for the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Since then, planetariums have fascinated generations of people. Astronauts, pilots and sailors use mini planetariums such as the one in the museum as "training centers".
Entry: free of charge
Suitable for children: aged 12 and up
Accessibility: the museum has wheelchair access and accessible restrooms.
Parking: a limited number of parking spaces for cars is available directly in front of the museum. On-street parking requires a "parking disc."
Lockers: a large number of lockers are available at the museum for your bag. These require a one or two-euro coin.
Film, video and photo recordings for editorial, scientific and private purposes are permitted. We would be grateful if you would notify email@example.com if an item is used for publication.
Recordings for commercial use and distribution to third parties require the authorization of ZEISS Corporate Brand and Communications.
Photography and filming are not permitted on the rest of the premises.