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The new concept

The Röntgen Museum launched its new strategic concept in 2002. Far from simply covering the content and infrastructure of the exhibitions and associated programmes, this entails a thorough reorientation away from its former specialist role to a new positioning as a popular centre of research and discovery, appealing above all to families, children and young people. In the spirit of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen the new museum takes its visitors on an exciting journey of experience-based learning in a world of tangible and accessible science.
Following the interdisciplinary approach Röntgen himself took to the development and application of his epoch-making discovery, the thematic and strategic repositioning of the museum aims to establish a modern high quality centre for the public understanding and communication of science. As a scientist, Röntgen was an unconventional and imaginative thinker who moved across disciplinary boundaries – an approach well suited to breaking down existing stereotypes and prejudices against science and its methods, and fostering an attitude of curiosity and interest towards the investigation of natural phenomena. The desire to know, and the motivation that accompanies it, is the foundation of all scientific questioning and of the thought and argumentation that respond to it. To experience this is to enter a world whose horizons of discovery open out invitingly before you.
The new museum concept starts with the life and work of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen – after Albert Einstein perhaps the best-known of all German physicists. His discovery of X-rays, and the rapid development and application of his pioneering work especially in the field of medicine, forms a thematic core running through and uniting the museum’s various sections. Medical applications, however, are only one aspect of the use of X-rays, which extends to many other areas of science, engineering and scholarship, from materials research and quality control through safety engineering, microbiology and X-ray astronomy to archaeology and art history. The museum provides a hands-on, interactive and stress-free learning environment in which people of all ages can embark on the absorbing experience of investigating their world, from micro to macro-cosmos, from DNA to exploding stars.