Education for all - 500 years of school history. This is the motto of the School Museum which officially re-opened as an institution of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg in the Museum for Industrial Culture, on 31 March, 2008.
You may find information on current events and exhibitions in the School Museum on the German website.
Current Events and Exhibitions in the School Museum
The School Museum is a co-operation of the Erlangen-Nürnberg University and the City of Nuremberg. The new concept links up the School Museum and the Museum for Industrial Culture, both in space (the tour of the Museum of Industrial Culture starts in the School Museum) and in the basic concept: education is seen as a "resource" which - even in the past - has been as important as iron, steel and mineral oil.
Nuremberg's history provides numerous examples of this. As early as the Middle Ages and the early modern age, Nuremberg had an excellent school system. In the 19th century, education and new types of school provided the decisive precondition for Nuremberg's rise to becoming the industrial heart of Bavaria. In the future, the concept of education as a "resource" will permeate the entire Museum for Industrial Culture, illustrating the close links between the Museum for Industrial Culture and the School Museum.
The exhibition in the School Museum mainly uses large-format photographs and original exhibits. Across 350 square metres, it displays numerous documents, letters and objects not shown before, including originals from the 17th century as well as crib sheets from six decades.
The School Museum uses examples to illustrate the importance of education for the individual as well as for political and economic development, particularly of in the Nuremberg region, from the Middle Ages until today. It shows how important the encouragement given by schools to their students over the centuries has been. But it also addresses the topic of how the pressure to do well can overtax students. School education can enlighten and contribute to international understanding, but schools have also unfortunately often been abused for political purposes.
The exhibition is enriched by numerous hands-on opportunities designed to make the School Museum attractive to children and young people, too.