More than 1,000 exciting and often unique exhibits on an area of 1,000 m2.
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.
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 exbibits like microscopes and telescopes.
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on weekends and public holidays and the following days:
from 24 December 2020 until 6 January 2021
The ZEISS Museum of Optics is open again!
We’ve taken measures in order to protect visitors and employees alike and we’ve implemented the hygiene regulations prescribed by the local authorities.
Access to the museum is only possible via the Forum reception (unfortunately, access via the main entrance is not possible).
- We are obliged to collect your data.
- The number of visitors is limited, we ask for your understanding if this results in waiting times for you.
- There is a one-way rule in the museum.
- Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters.
- You are obliged to wear a mouth and nose cover when visiting the museum (children: from 6 years on). Ideally, you should bring your own cover.
- Please disinfect or wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, do not touch your face.
- Please note the well-known sneeze and cough routines.
Photography and Filming
Photography, filming, video recordings and other types of image capture without a tripod or flash as well as drawings are allowed so long as they are intended exclusively for personal use. We would ask that you be courteous to other visitors when taking photos or filming and ensure that other people are only photographed with their consent.
Licensing these images/videos to third parties for commercial purposes or positing them on the Internet is not permitted. Photographs for editorial purposes require the consent of the Press Office (pr ess @zeiss .com).
Photography and filming are not permitted on the rest of the premises.
A large number of lockers are available at the museum for your bag. These require a one or two-euro coin.
A limited number of parking spaces for cars is available directly in front of the museum. On-street parking requires a "parking disc."
Handling the Exhibits
The objects on display have already been pre-adjusted for you. Thus no further adjustments are needed.
A special exhibit entitled "See beyond. Go beyond. The journey to the Moon and ZEISS" is currently being held at the ZEISS Museum of Optics in Oberkochen. It features selected items from the ZEISS Archives.
The technological achievements and valuable observations made by some of the first pioneers in space were not the only reason the race to the Moon proved so impressive. Even today, we continue to be fascinated by the stunning photographs the astronauts brought back to Earth from their missions and from the Moon itself. Camera lenses specially designed by ZEISS for use in space played an important role in capturing these images.
They can be seen at the special exhibit. It also features a ZEISS Ikon Contarex camera, which the Gemini 4 pilot used during the first American spacewalk, and the legendary Hasselblad camera from the Apollo 11 mission.