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Science Center Otto Bock © Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH

Ottobock Science Center Berlin

The Muskelhaus at Potsdamer Platz

Learn about human anatomy across the Ottobock Science Center Berlin's three exciting floors. What happens under the skin when we move? In what incredibly complex ways do our hands work? Walking and grasping are the central themes of this interactive permanent exhibition; "Understand what moves us". The museum also exhibits robots, medical technology and new inventions. The building itself is nicknamed the Muskelhaus (muscle house). At the entrance, you understand why: White entwined ribbons on the facade remind you of the structure of muscle fibres. In the dark, single points of light on the building's facade form a running man.

Experience motion in everyday life

The medical technology company Otto Bock opens the science centre in Berlin in 2009. Its objective is to teach visitors about what moves the human body. Inside the building, the atmosphere is pleasant: plenty of light, a modern feel and soft, curved forms. Start your tour in an area that focuses on the human hand. You won't believe how many complex processes take place in your hand when you pick up a pen. Trace them on touchscreens and monitors. Go a few steps further, and you find yourself in the field of bionics. Thought-controlled arm prosthetics or whole teams of robots await, as if you have landed in the future. Take an exciting look under the skin, observing what happens to your 600 muscles and over 200 bones. In addition, test your sense of balance. Medical technology and high-tech displays are prominent on the upper floors of the Otto Bock Science Center. Different stations explain how new inventions protect against diseases. In this way, you will learn all about the most common ailments in Germany. Take a simulated wheelchair ride round the Brandenburg Gate. On the virtual course you can experience how it feels to sit in a wheelchair.

Balancing Women at Science Center Otto Bock
Balancing Women at Science Center Otto Bock © Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH

Highlights of your visit    

  • Refined architecture, reminiscent of muscle fibres.
  • Interactive testing and touching is welcome at the exhibition.
  • Multimedia and modern installations.
  • Interaction between locomotion and medical technology.
  • Simulated wheelchair ride through Berlin.

Sights surrounding the Science Center Otto Bock

Within walking distance of the Science Center Otto Bock is the Museum für Film und Fernsehen. Discover a large cinematography archive with around 17,500 films, masks, costumes and much more. The floor sculpture "Scale" is located in the nearby St.-Matthäus-Kirche and recalls the time of the Nazi dictatorship. Explore around 26,500 square metres, dedicated to energy, communication, transport and production techniques, in the Deutsches Technikmuseum in neighbouring Kreuzberg. On the famous Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, the museum tells the story of the capital city through interesting facts. Enjoy bite sized information about the cult snack of Berliners at the Currywurst Museum.

Our tips for visiting the Science Center Otto Bock

The Science Center Otto Bock is centrally located between Potsdamer Platz and the Reichstag building. You can reach the exhibition rooms comfortably using public transport. Potsdamer Platz is only a few metres away, served by S-Bahn, regional trains and bus lines. If you arrive by car, the best place to park is the underground car park at Potsdamer Platz.

Information for school groups

The Museum offers free guided tours for students. Please register in advance.

 

Opening hours

Thursday 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Monday 10:00 – 18:00

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