About us

2005

- The idea -

The idea to set up a Science Center in the former "Hagenbucher" oilseed storehouse, the only remaining remnant of the industrial complex on the island in the Neckar river, was born in 2005 in the Department of Culture headed by Harry Mergel. On October 5, 2006 the Heilbronn city council passed a corresponding resolution. Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH and other sponsors such as Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, GasVersorgung Süddeutschland GmbH and Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke AG stated their willingness to support the project. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Wolfgang Hansch developed the first content-based concept.

2007

- The founding -

On March 30, 2007, the non-profit association “experimenta - Science Center der Region Heilbronn-Franken gGmbH" was founded as the operating company. Shareholders were the city of Heilbronn, Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH, the Heilbronn-Franconia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences and Akademie für Information und Management gGmbH. Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH pledged funding for the endowment of experimenta. Helmut Himmelsbach, mayor of the City of Heilbronn, was elected chairman of the supervisory board and Dr. Wolfgang Hansch was appointed managing director.

2009

- The opening -

The Science Center finally opened its doors on November 14, 2009. The date marks the beginning of a special success story under the motto "entdecken erleben erkennen" [discover experience understand]. On the 7,500 m² (~81,000 ft²) of exhibition space, theme worlds, "talent factories", special exhibitions and the "akademie junger forscher" [young scientists’ academy] were a way of discovering and better understanding the natural sciences and technology through experimentation. The theme worlds covered four areas with a total of 150 interactive exhibitions: Energy & the Environment (Power Station), Technology & Innovation (Workshop), Man & Communication (Network), Man & Recreation (Structured Play). In the "talent factories" from the "Car Factory" to the "Film Factory" and "Word Factory", visitors were able to delve deeper into their interests and to discover their talents. In the "akademie junger forscher", five labs and ateliers specially equipped for the respective age groups gave students of all ages opportunities to conduct experiments under competent instruction.

2017

- The sucess -

Until experimenta's last day in its previous form, on July 30, 2017, the Science Center inspired first and foremost children, teens and families to explore scientific and technical subjects. experimenta welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors until closing.

2019

- The reopening -

The new experimenta with its spectacular new building and converted existing structure is the largest Science Center in Germany. Its almost 25,000 m² (~270,000 ft²) exhibition area is a unique world of knowledge and experience. The sole source of funding is Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH.