The weekend of 6 and 7 July 2019 marks a temporary farewell for the German Optical Museum, as it enters a phase of renovation scheduled to last several years and leading to its complete transformation.
The museum closes its doors on 8 July 2019 for the start of preparatory work that is incompatible with normal visitor access. This will be followed by the gutting and refurbishment of the building, along with a complete redesign of the exhibition. When it reopens, everyday optical phenomena and the technical application of optical effects will be combined into an interactive world of discovery. Historical optical instruments and their use will also be shown in detail for educational purposes. In addition, the exhibition will always feature the latest scientific discoveries, making it a window into ongoing optical research.
The aim of the new museum will be to provide a link to Jena’s optical heritage at a historical location in the city centre, preserving its existing holdings while making them accessible for academic research and presenting them to the public.
The German Optical Museum is due to reopen in the first half of 2023.
Location Optical Museum
Carl Zeiss, Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott
Find out more about the pioneering inventions of these famous scientists, their collaborations and their impact on Jena’s international reputation.
City of light
Welcome to Jena, the city of light. The city is a place of enlightenment in every respect: the brilliant ideas of its brightest minds, the first-class research facilities that continue to shine the light of knowledge into the darkness, the famous high-tech firms and the innovative young companies for whom light is a crucial element of their success.
Zeiss – Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke
Jena – the city of light. That title is no coincidence. Carl Zeiss – the pioneer of modern optics – and Zeiss, the company he founded, are inextricably linked with Jena. Professor Michael Kaschke, the long-standing CEO of Carl Zeiss AG, agrees. In this interview he talks about his time as a student in Jena, about the early days of what is now a global company, and about his vision for the future of Jena.