The DB Museum collections
As Germany's principal railway museum, the DB Museum collects objects, correspondence, documents, photos and film dating from the railway's beginnings in the early 19th century to today. The DB Museum's diverse artefacts represent a large cross-section of German railway history.
One of the most important holdings is the corporate archive of the privately owned Ludwig Railway Company, the majority of which is looked after by the DB Museum. This documents the origins and development of Germany's first railway company from its foundation in 1833 to its demise in the 20th century.
More than 1.5 million photographs record German railway history on glass plates, slides, negatives and prints. They include a unique series of photos taken in 1902 for the Royal Bavarian State Railway to document many of the company's railway stations. A large decorative wooden chest still houses the historical prints in this series, which has now been completely digitised and made accessible to the public.
It ranges from vehicle parts to signs, tools and uniforms, travel items, dining car tableware, advertising material and art.
There are some 5,000 titles in the film collection. The oldest films date back to the 1920s and are among the first films to document German railway history.
With their scope and thematic breadth, they form part of one of the most important railway history collections in the world. The collection is constantly being expanded: in addition to searching for suitable objects, the DB Museum also receives numerous offers from private individuals and companies.
We kindly ask you to send us inquiries in writing (letter or e-mail) if possible, stating your postal address.
Please note that more extensive information is subject to a charge.
You can reach us by phone at 0911 219 39322 or by email:
You can visit the archive in person by prior appointment from Tuesdays to Thursdays between 9:00 am and 12 noon and between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
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Address & Information desk
Deutsche Bahn Stiftung gGmbH
Tuesday to Friday 9 to 17 o'clock
Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 to 18 o'clock
|Families (2 adults and up to 4 children)||14 €|
|Children (aged 6 to 17)||4 €|
|Reduced price||6 €|
|School classes (per person up to and including 12th grade)||2 €|
|Children up to 6 years of age||free|
|Current DB employees||free|