The association Förderverein, supported by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bonn/Rhein-Sieg, is an initiative of renowned Bonn-based companies for the maintenance of the Deutsches Museum Bonn. As an exclusive dependence of the famous Deutsches Museum Munich, the Deutsches Museum Bonn presents an exceptional collection of contemporary scientific and engineering exhibits in Germany. Furthermore, the museum set its priorities to excite children and adolescents for the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), thereby building a bridge between university, science and industry. Various offers, such as guided tours for children with the ‘small owl Pfiffikus’, the ‘experiment kitchen’ and workshops for school classes as well as regularly changing special exhibitions are distinctive features of this indispensable knowledge and science centre.
Nevertheless, the closure of this successful educational institution is announced, due to the decision of the main sponsor, the city of Bonn, to cut off financial support beginning in 2017. The Förderverein has therefore set itself the goal to provide future funding by an additional private economic pillar and thus obtaining the Deutsches Museum Bonn at its location in the Rhine/Sieg area. Furthermore, the association consisting by now of more than 100 members of various economic enterprises serves as a network to establish contacts with personalities from science, industry and policy.
On behalf of the MEDAHCON GmbH, we consider scientific and engineering education as one of the cornerstones of our society, and thus stand up for the preservation of the Deutsches Museum Bonn. We consider the closure as a striking misjudgement of the Bonn government. Consequently, we support the association Förderverein from the beginning and hope that additional interested parties will join as a contribution to the maintenance of the Deutsches Museum Bonn as an educational knowledge centre.
More about the association Förderverein and the Deutsches Museum Bonn can be found here: