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Abbey Mill Boitzenburg

Museum of Industrie Brandenburg

Museum of Whittawer Doberlug-Kirchhain

Briquette Factory "Louise" Domsdorf

Fire Brigade Museum Eisenhüttenstadt

Museum of Textile Forst

Industrial Heritage Baruther Glashütte

Museum of Local and Private Railway Gramzow

Civic Museum of Industry Guben

Teltow Museum of Industry Kleinmachnow

Museum of Radio Electronics/Technology Königs Wusterhausen

Museum of Casting Lauchhammer

Civic Museum of Industry Ludwigsfelde

Brickyard Park Mildenberg

Gasworks Neustadt

Museum of Inland Navigation Oderberg

Museum of Fishing and Smeltery Peitz

Filmmuseum Potsdam

Historical Mill of Park Sanssouci Potsdam

City and Brewery Museum Pritzwalk

Museum of Optic Industry Rathenow

Museum Park Rüdersdorf

Museum of Ceramic and Furnace Velten

Civic Museum Wittenberge

Museum of Optic Industry Rathenow
© Optik Industriemuseum Rathenow

Museum of Optics Industry

Johann Heinrich August Duncker, son of a pastor, invented a grinding machine for optical glass. Therefor he received in 1801 the royal privilege to establish an institution for optics industry in Rathenow. That is why Rathenow became the first city of optics industry in Germany, called “city of optics”. Within 100 years the cities population was quintupled.

The civic museum is dedicated to this industrial success story and presents all about the glass lens. See and learn more about the importance and meaning of seeing and light. Touch and try different microscopes, binoculars and special glasses. The museum has a collection of thousands of optical instruments. One of it is the reproduction of Duncker's famous grinding machine.