Internet Museum to Open in Berlin
The city of Berlin is to get a museum dedicated to the internet, Monopol reported.
Co-founder Paul Rascheja told DPA, “The internet and the associated ongoing digitization of society has become an integral part of our everyday lives and an economic basis for many people.” He added that, so far, the development of the internet wasn’t exhibited anywhere.
Members of the ‘internetmuseum.berlin’ initiative are currently searching for an appropriate location with up to 1000 sq. m (3,280 sq. feet) of floor space in the center of the German capital. A crowdfunding campaign has also been launched to raise funds for the project. The bulk of the required €600,000 is to be raised through sponsorship agreements with major German tech companies.
The museum’s displays will document the development of the web, from the early philosophical pioneers of the network and the technological computing revolution of the 70s and 80s to present day innovators. The museum will also address contemporary online issues such as hackers, the mobile internet, and technology’s relationship to civil liberties.
The founders hope that the museum will attract up to 30,000 visitors a year. Aside from the permanent collection, the museum will also feature spaces for special exhibitions, digital art, and a cafeteria. Rascheja also revealed that the museum is working on “interactive installations for future exhibitions.”
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