We all know that feeling – you catch a word or name and instantly want to know the history, meaning, simply something more about it. You open your best friend Google, type it and most likely the first or second hit will be Your Word+Wikipedia. For an unknown reason (that happens often to me) I wanted to know more about the founder and inventor of radiation or X-rays, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen.
So I did what everyone else would do in that situation, I googled his name and started reading through his biography on Wikipedia. I was immediately surprised to learn that he originally came from the same town my dad is living in – Remscheid. I was looking for a few more information about his birthplace and figured that there is a whole museum dedicated to him – the German Roentgen Museum.
Sri and I were at that time visiting my dad in Remscheid and thought it would be a great idea to pay a visit to the museum, primarily out of curiosity!
About the museum:
The German Roentgen Museum is located in Remscheid-Lennep in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, close to the cities of Wuppertal (famous for its floating tram or ‘Schwebebahn’) and Solingen (knives anyone?). It already opened in 1932 and received a large refurbishment in 2006, mainly to make it more attractive for everyone. The German Roentgen Museum is an interactive museum with state-of-the-art technology and over 2400 sqm floor space illustrating the work and life of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, science and medical research. It’s just a few steps away from Roentgen’s place of birth.
Learn in various rebuilt laboratories about different scientific topics, the discovery and history of radiation, how clinics and hospitals started applying x-rays in the early days, over its usage during WWII until modern days. The museum lets its visitors learn in different ways, from experimenting with items to watching movies at the in-house cinema. Moreover, it features a number of super interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Rest assured we had a lot of fun here, especially trying all the different experiments. The German Roentgen Museum is definitely a great and unique museum for old and young, family and friends.
How to get there:
If you’re visiting Cologne or Dusseldorf take a train to ‘Solingen Hauptbahnhof (HBF)’ the central station of Solingen. From there, take train RB 47 to ‘Remscheid Lennep’. It’s about 10-15 minutes walking from there > Map.
Deutsches Roentgen Museum
Schwelmer Strasse 4