From the kidney-shaped table to the steam engine: The Industry Museum Lauf presents inventions from the work and home environment

(djd). It’s hard to imagine how loud the constant hammer blows must have rung in the ears of the people who produced agricultural equipment, car parts and tools here until the middle of the 20th century. The Engelhardt hammer mill in Lauf on the Pegnitz river, for example, is one of the last of its kind that have been preserved. When looking at the drop hammers, smith’s hearth and the large water wheel, one can imagine how difficult work must once have been. Today, the protected monument is the heart of the industry museum in Lauf.

Industry history you may touch

On about 4,.000 square meters and in 14 protected buildings, this unique Bavarian museum presents the work and home environment of more than 100 years industrial history. In addition to the water-powered hammer mill, visitors can explore a historic rye mill, a large tandem steam engine and a completely preserved valve factory with transmission-powered screw presses. When taking a tour, visitor of the museum get to see two historic water wheels and the steam engine from 1902 in operation. Also featured is a fully operational shoemaker’s shop and the epitome of luxury in the 1950s: Kidney-shaped tables and a music cabinet. For more information about the exhibits, go to

Starting on May 14:  Special exhibition “Inventor’s Spirit”

The Middle-Franconian museum celebrates its 25th anniversary with an entertaining special exhibition about inventions from May 14, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Visitors can look forward to an exciting trip through the history of man’s inventions. They will get to know a parlograph, learn about what role a 55 PB plays in a kid’s room and who invented the World Wide Web. On more than 500 square meters, visitors can explore the seemingly endless solutions to every day-problems by taking a look at a large variety of exhibits from the work and home environment. Visual presentations ranging from the Stone Ages, through the time of industrialization to the digital revolution put the inventions in a historical context. A special highlight in Martin Luther-Year is a fully functional Gutenberg-printing press. Exciting stations where visitors can get actively involved turn the exhibition into an experience for the entire family.

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