4th Saxon State Exhibition

The 4th Saxon State Exhibition - 25th April – 1st November 2020

Boom. 500 years of industrial heritage in Saxony

For Saxony, the year 2020 will focus upon its rich and fascinating industrial heritage. The highlight of the “Year of Industrial Heritage” forms the 4th Saxon State Exhibition, running from 25th April until 1st November 2020. It will present both the city of Zwickau, known for its automotive industry and the musician Robert Schuhmann, and the region of southwest Saxony as one of the most significant cradles of European industrialisation. Titled Boom. 500 years of industrial heritage in Saxony, the state exhibition will celebrate Saxony’s pioneering ideas, inventions, and products which have revolutionised the world for the past five centuries. On around 2,500 square metres, a central exhibition at the Audi-Bau Zwickau with the same title will showcase Saxony’s history of technology, science, and culture in a historical and multimedia-based panorama.

A further six authentic venues in the region will present fascinating special exhibitions. The August Horch Museum Zwickau - CarBoom., the Chemnitz Museum of Industry - MachineryBoom., the Saxon Railway Museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf - RailwayBoom., the Mining Museum Oeslnitz/Erzgebirge - CoalBoom., the Textile Factory Bros. Pfau Crimmitschau - TextileBoom. and the Research and Teaching Mine | Silver Mine Freiberg - SilverBoom. will bring to life the historical, current, and future industries in Saxony.

The Central Exhibition "Boom." at the Audi-Bau Zwickau

What does life look like for people in a European cultural area that has been shaped by commercial and industrial activities for the past 500 years? How did it come about that Saxony became one of the birth regions of the European industrialisation? The large central exhibition in the Audi-Bau Zwickau will bring to life the origins and high points of Saxony’s industrialisation and highlight the prospects for today’s Free State.

In a historical cultural panorama, the central exhibition in the Audi-Bau Zwickau has the eventful history of industry and money, work and technology, knowledge and politics as its theme. This backdrop makes the close connection between industry, culture and man more understandable for the present and future, too. Valuable historic objects, paintings, photographs and films make the great tradition of a 500-year industrial culture come alive. It was Saxony where mining engineering was founded and European porcelain invented. From the so-called "Rétablissement" onwards, the economic miracle following the destruction of the Seven-Year War which ended in 1763, right up to the beginning of the Second World War, Saxony was the leading economic region in Germany. Industry and trade met in the metropolis Leipzig, which set international benchmarks with its samples fair concept. Around 1900, Saxony was one of the most densely populated industrial regions in Europe. Leading global companies manufactured a wide range of products not only in Chemnitz, Zwickau and Dresden but also in small towns and villages. After 1945 traditional markets were lost, specialists fled to the Federal Republic of Germany and well-known brands relocated to other countries, yet Saxony remained the centre of industrial production in the German Democratic Republic and one of the most important centres in the entire Eastern Bloc. The globalisation shock of reunification put many companies out of business. However, there were many new developments and Saxon's industry is now very successful again. Mechanical engineering, micro-electronics and vehicle manufacturing have become some of the most important industrial branches of economic life in Saxony. Yet the many new small and medium-sized companies with their dedicated specialists will also play their part in guaranteeing the future.

The central exhibition for the 4th Saxon State Exhibition will be organised in the Audi-Bau Zwickau. This authentic Auto Union AG assembly building dating back to 1938 is located on the historic industrial grounds of Audi and Sachsenring, directly adjacent to the former production line of the legendary Trabant. The building is being given a temporary architecture and made barrier-free for the state exhibition in order to meet the requirements of the numbers of visitors expected. Information and meeting zones, the pay desk area, café and shop are just as much a part of this as are areas for hands-on events and seminar rooms. The outer area is also being redesigned and a sufficient number of parking spaces for cars and coaches created. Inside the building, a multi-dimensional exhibition landscape will be created covering an area of around 2,800 square metres and will offer the public popular access to industrial culture. The valuable exhibits will be presented with interactive installations and spectacular medial or artistic scenarios. The dramaturgy and scenography of the exhibition will thus appeal to all the senses and make Saxon industrial culture an impressive experience.

The Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art has entrusted the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum with the organisation of the state exhibition in Zwickau. With numerous projects that have gained nationwide recognition, the museum in Dresden has become a competence centre for surprising and popular theme-based exhibitions, all of which focus on humans as social and cultural beings.

The Six Special Exhibitions at Historic Venues


August Horch Museum Zwickau

The first models made by major global brands such as Horch and Audi rolled off the assembly line in southwest Saxony. In the GDR, Zwickau become the birthplace of the legendary Trabant car. The August Horch Museum highlights the history of mobility, made possible by the automobile, and deals with questions about the future, particularly regarding car manufacturing in Saxony.

Address: Audistraße 7 ⋅ D-08058 Zwickau
Open: Mon – Sun and public holidays: 10am – 6pm
Single Ticket: 5 € | Concessions 3 €
Free admission: Children and young people up to the age of 18

Learn more: www.horch-museum.de


Chemnitz Museum of Industry

What is a machine and what role do machines play in our lives? These and other questions will be answered by the Chemnitz Museum of Industry because Saxony is the birthplace of mechanical engineering in Germany. For more than 200 years, machines have been design and produced here – from delicate clockwork in Glashütte to high tech production centre in Chemnitz.

Address: Zwickauer Straße 119 ⋅ D-09112 Chemnitz
Open: Tue – Fri 9am-5pm, Sat – Sun and public holidays: 10am – 5pm
Single Ticket: 8 € | Concession 6 €
Free admission: Children and young people up to the age of 18

Lern more: web.saechsisches-industriemuseum.com


Venue Railway Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf

In the authentic atmosphere of a historic depot, in between steam, diesel or electric locomotives, visitors can explore the connection between humans and machines at first hand. The hump with its cable system for dismantling and rebuilding freight trains is a unique technical monument. The exhibition area describes and portrays the evolution of the railway in Saxony and especially in the area of Chemnitz.

Address: Frankenberger Straße 172 · D-09131 Chemnitz
Open: Thu – Sun, public holidays: 10am – 5pm
Single Ticket: 10 € | Concessions 5 €
Free admission: Children and young people up to the age of 18

Learn more: www.sem-chemnitz.de [only available in German]


Mining Museum Oeslnitz/Erzgebirge

Thanks to rich coal deposits, Saxony is regarded as one of the pioneering regions of industrialisation. In the shadow of the pithead frame in Oelsnitz, the landmark of Saxon coal mining, visitors can understand how the “bread of industry” contributed significantly to the economic and industrial progress and forms the foundation of present and future developments.

Address: Pflockenstraße 28 · D-09376 Oelsnitz/Erzgeb.
Open: Tue – Sun, also on public holidays: 10am – 5pm
Single Ticket: 8 € | Concessions 4 €
Free admission: Children and young people up to the age of 18

Learn more: www.bergbaumuseum-oelsnitz.de [only available in German]


Textile Factory Bros. Pfau Crimmitschau

This extraordinary monument with its originally preserved, 100 year old machinery allows visitors to step back in time and experience the harsh working conditions in the textile industry. Expert staff explain and demonstrate the textile manufacturing process step by step, from raw wool through spinning, weaving, and fulling to the finishing process.

Address: Leipziger Straße 125 · D-08451 Crimmitschau
Open: Wed – Sun, and public holidays: 10am – 5pm
Single Tickets: 5 € | Concessions 3 €
Free admission: Children and young people up to the age of 18

Learn more: web.saechsisches-industriemuseum.com


Research and Teaching Mine | Silver Mine Freiberg

For centuries, the Freiberg mining district was the most important supplier of Saxon silver and the “rich pit” of one of the most advanced mines in Europe. Where miners used to trench silver and collect know-how, scientist now research and teach at the internationally renowned Technische Universität  Bergakademie. 150 meters below the surface, visitors can experience tradition and ingenuity at first hand.

Address: Fuchsmühlenweg 9 · D-09599 Freiberg
Opening times & guided tours: Visit our website for further informations
Free admission: Children and young people up to the age of 18

Learn more: www.silberbergwerk-freiberg.de