“Knowledge through experience”: this is the motto of the experimenta, where children, young people, school classes and families have been able to experience science and technology in a unique manner since 2009.
With an area of around 25,000 square metres, the experimenta is the largest science centre in Germany. Situated on Heilbronn’s Kraneninsel, it impresses visitors with an extraordinary world of knowledge and experience.
Four themed worlds with more than 270 interactive exhibits invite those interested to explore and join in. In four outstanding glass studios, visitors can be creative and create new things.
The existing building features nine high-quality laboratories with a variety of courses for school classes and kindergarten groups as well as a research centre for pupils, a makerspace for young innovative doers and an interesting forum to discuss recent topics related to science and research.
A definite highlight of the experimenta is its Science Dome, featuring a 700 square metre 360-degree dome screen as well as a rotating auditorium. This unique combination of theatre and planetarium will entertain visitors with laser and experimental shows, science theatres and 3D shows. On top of that, the observatory will provide visitors with a fascinating observation programme.
With its outstanding diversity of opportunities, the experimenta represents eagerness to experiment, thirst for knowledge and innovation in a very special way. It retells the world of science, enabling visitors to experience it with all their senses.
Since April 2019, a variety of offers have also been held on the 105 m long laboratory ship "MS experimenta", which is anchored on the grounds of the Federal Garden Show. The swimming science centre features two large laboratory rooms and an action area with exciting sound, research and car workshops, inspiring visitors to join in.
The science centre is among the key priorities of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation in the education area of funding; it is supported by financing the new experimenta building as well as its ongoing operations.