Discover the permanent exhibition of the Museum for Communication Nuremberg
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How do we learn to speak? How do images get into the TV? How many Chinese characters does a Chinese secretary have to know? How does the internet change the way we communicate? You can find the answers to these and many other questions in our museum, which was totally redesigned in 2010.
Our focus is on human communication from the new-born’s first cry to the internet. Humans communicate through sounds, images and (written) signs: we speak and listen, show and look, and read and write. Thanks to digitalisation, all types of messages today can be transferred into a unified code and presented in one single medium – the internet.
A film collage in the museum foyer sets the mood for the topic of communication. A pinhole camera, a listening station and a ‘writing’ stone provide a fun introduction to the museum’s different sections.
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Room 1: Sounds
Speak up – and listen!
The first section is dedicated to speaking and listening. Visitors can discover a vast spectrum of sounds from the human voice to animal noises, and explore long-distance communication from signals to the telephone. The human ear is always receiving new sounds: horns, drums and bells; yodels and whistles, animal noises, telephone ring tones, human language and sound bites, music and the clatter of the automatic switchboard.
Room 2: Images
Use your eyes!
The image room is light and clear, inviting visitors to use their eyes to explore the exhibits. Large individual images introduce such topics as expression and gesture, clothes as communication, the significance of TV and the function of graphic signs in everyday communication.
You can also communicate visually at the interactive stations in the centre of the room – as a consumer of advertising logos, a communicator with sign language, or a presenter in a TV studio.
Room 3: Writing
Writing, repository of knowledge, messages
The writing room welcomes visitors with engraved stone stela and a range of written characters, some well-known and others unfamiliar. The impressive room-high reproduction of a library wall recalls the first major function of writing as a means of storing knowledge.
In the writing workshop, everyone is welcome to take up a quill or pencil and let their creativity flow! Transporting written messages is the job of the post office, whether in its yellow post vehicles or an underground post train – or in the hands-on pneumatic post system for visitors.
Room 4: The Internet
Discover the potential of Web 2.0
Our fourth room shows how we use digitised sounds, images and writing to communicate interactively in the Web 2.0. The displays focus on the opportunities and potential offered by the Web 2.0 with its seemingly limitless access to services, information and contacts, and where each of us can be both passive viewers and active generators of content. Web 2.0 offers us evermore means of communication as well, from the written and spoken word to images, videos and digital media. To find our way around this environment independently and do the things we want to do effectively, we need the skills empowering a critical understanding of today’s communication media.