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Camera Obscura mit dem Museum zur Vorgeschichte des Films

45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Address Am Schloß Broich 42
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Camera Obscura
  • Photo cameras and slide projectors

Opening times
donnerstags bis sonntags: 11.00 - 17.00 Uhr.

Status from 10/2020
Erwachsene: 4,50 €; Kinder 7 bis 14 Jahre: 3,50 €

Tel.:+49-208-302 26 05  Fax:+49-208-302 26 07  


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Location / Directions
N51.429000° E6.868000°N51°25.74000' E6°52.08000'N51°25'44.4000" E6°52'4.8000"

By public transport:
From central station Mülheim an der Ruhr you can reach the Museum “Prehistory of Film” with tram line 102 or line 901 or with bus nos. 122 / 131 / 132 / 135 / 752. Get out at stop “Schloß Broich” (the old castle). Next, cross the interior courtyard of the castle (Schloß Broich). It takes you about 5 minutes by feet to get to the museum.

By car:
Take freeways A52, A40 or A3 to get to the center of Mülheim an der Ruhr. The Camera Obscura is located in the “MüGa” parklands, behind the “Ringlokschuppen” and near “Stadthalle” and “Schloß Broich”. To reach the museum directly, turn left approximately 200 meters behind “Schloß Broich”. Follow the signs!

There are free parking lots at the museum for the visitors. There is also another big parking lot at the “Stadthalle”.

By coach:
There is an access road to the parking area for buses!


Broich Watertower

Ansicht des Broicher Wasserturms in den 1980er Jahren.

The water tower, which is 38 m high, was originally built in 1904. First it was important for the improvement factory of the German National Railway in Speldorf to support the team locomotives which were left at the nearby “Ringlokschuppen”. Besides this the water tower protected the operation on the lower “Ruhrtalbahn”, a local line of the “Bergisch-Märkische” (the hilly area to the East of Cologne) railway, which had already been put into operation in 1876. The importance of the entire railway area suddenly ended during a bomb attack in 1943. Fortunately the tower itself remained undamaged.

In 1992 the biggest “walk-in” Camera Obscura in the world was installed in the former water dome of the building which is listed today.

Collection "S"

The fantastic collection "S" of KH.W. Steckelings consists of about 1.139 exhibits.

It gives a complete documentation - including unique artefacts - about how pictures learnt to move. Many of these today’s amazing pieces of equipment give an idea of the enormous technical expenditure our ancestors needed to get pictures moving. The collection "S" is based on the serious scientific way of contemplation, but besides this you can also recognize the quality of a sensuously entertainment of each exhibit.

The collection "S" is an excellent combination which could not be realized in this way today anymore. It presents a pioneering epoch of the development of film and photography between the years 1750 till 1930. KH.W. Steckelings needed about 30 years of his passion of collecting something to compile all this amazing objects, which he found all over the world, for example, in London, Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels.

Shadow plays, transparencies, magic laterns, kaleidoscopes, anamorphosis, thaumatropes, zoetropes, phenakisticopes, peep-shows and many other of these objects are the main components of the collection "S". All of them can be seen in the Museum “Prehistory of Film”.

The technology in the Broich watertower

* The lens system consists on the one hand of a swivelling mirror that can be tilt and, on the other hand, of an objective that is able to focus the environment.
* The mirror has a free diameter of 300 mm.
* The objective is a system with three lenses which has a hole of 140 mm and an opening with a
* proportion of 1:65.
* The distance between the objective and the projection surface is approximately 9 m.
* Both the angle of the object and the angle of the picture is 8°. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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