In the mid 1980s, a novel type of museum was developed in Nuremberg - covering technical, cultural and social history - the Museum for Industrial Culture in the east of Nuremberg. The museum is located in the hall of a former screw factory, which was part of the Julius Tafel iron works, established in 1876 and closed down in 1975. This hall and the adjacent administrative block are the last remaining buildings of this vast former industrial complex. All other structures of the former Tafel works were demolished in 1990.
Along the so-called Museum Street, exhibits are grouped in ensembles in the historic factory building, focusing mainly on the history of industrialisation, using Nuremberg as an example. Work and everyday life past and present come to life here. In 2000, numerous new exhibition units were added and the museum now comprises almost 6,000 square metres. New additions include a "Technology Revue", a fully functioning museum cinema, and a turning stage centring on the history of household appliances.
Affiliated specialist museums provide a particular additional attraction, including the Nuremberg Motorcycle Museum, the School Museum (opening planned for March 2009) with its historic classroom, and the "Fun Learning Lab" for hands-on fun and experiments.
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The Museum Street in the Museum for Industrial Culture - or individual sections such as the museum cinema or the working men's pub - may be hired for events. You may find further information concerning hire on the German website of the Museum for Industrial Culture.
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