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Ottobock Science Center, Berlin

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Between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, the Science Center Berlin, under the motto „Discover what moves us“, has been an open stage, scene and meeting place for stakeholders, laypeople and experts from all over the world since 2009. Applying a unique approach, this centre has succeeded in giving medical technology a platform with a far-reaching mass appeal. The façade is based on the structure of muscle fibres.

It is here that the Walker moves about—a laser installation that captures the essence of the human gait pattern in an amazing manner. Inside, interactive displays invite visitors to experience the functionality of prostheses and orthoses or to take a virtual wheelchair ride across Berlin's Pariser Platz.

With the Science Center Berlin, Ottobock returns to Berlin, where the company was founded by Otto Bock in 1919—in a manner of speaking, establishing a bridge between tradition and modernity.
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  • This place is free to visit. It covers three floors and took us about an hour to walk round. It's all about motion and what makes It's move. some of the exhibits are interactive, but not all were work...  more »
  • We went here thinking it was a generic science museum, however in my opinion this was better! Free entry, interactive Paralympic-related activities such as wheelchair races, my favourite was the wheel...  more »
  • Close to postdamer platz ,some hotels offer small post cards with which you have free entrance ,take care that this museum opens only Thursday to Monday ,10:00-18:00.  more »
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  • Just went in to shelter from the rain but ended up staying and having a good look around. Great free and interactive exhibition on prosthetics.
  • It was really good to visit again this place, after six years it gave me the same experience. Interactive exhibitions about human body and technology. It is not just fun, but one of the most well maintained museums I'v been. Friendly staff, who are ready to help you, and it is for free. Hop in for an hour and try the wheelchair simulator and the other exhibits.
  • Huge respect for what Ottobock company is doing. Come and find more at Ottobock Science Center.
  • You can try wheelchair races and prosthetics here to see how hard it is for a disabled person to get around.
  • Informative, but feels heavily promotional