Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre
The heart of Rosenheim's cultural life is a semicircular one: an old coach-house for locomotives. In 1988 this engine shed was converted into one of the most beautiful exhibition centres in Bavaria, acclaimed even by the Association of German Architects.
Located within the triangle Munich - Salzburg - Innsbruck, Rosenheim provides a focal point for exhibitions of diverse kinds.
The Lokschuppen is famous for its national exhibitions and special exhibitions which combine sound scientific knowledge with elaborate, attractive displays. With up to 280,000 visitors per year, the Lokschuppen is one of the top ten most successful exhibition spaces in Germany. The Exhibition Centre has built a good career for itself, turning from engine shed in 1958 into successful, nationally significant crowd puller which focuses on quality that it is today.
The Lokschuppen was opened in 1988 with a joint national exhibition about "The Bavarii" (the original name of the Bavarians) put on by the Free State of Bavaria and the Federal State of Salzburg. 180,000 visitors flooded into the Lokschuppen straight away and were thrilled by the outstanding exhibits. The Lokschuppen achieved a record number of visitors in 1993 with its national archaeological exhibition "The Celtic Meillenium". 215,000 curious visitors travelled back in time of Europe of 2,500 years ago. The most spectacular part of the exhibition was the elaborate recreation of a Celtic village. It caused much discussion and debate among experts in the field and is still used today as an example when the exhibition displays are developed.
A new visitor record of 219,000 was set in 2000 with the exhibition "The Romans between the Alps and the North Sea". This exhibition secured the Lokschuppen´s reputation as a prestigious exhibition centre for all. The highest number of visitors to date was set by the exhibition "Dinosaurs - Giants in Argentina" in 2009. More than 280,000 people poured into the Lokschuppen and ensured that it once again secured its position as a national leader.
The staff members of Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre are constantly developing the exhibition concepts and have added to them with a well-researched educational programme which is adapted to the curriculum in Bavarian schools. The 2011 exhibition "Indians - Native Peoples of America" drew in 35,000 pupils who took part in workshops and tours, setting a new record for the centre´s educational programme.
The Lokschuppen has also been working together with museums and exhibition centres across the globe more and more often. Loans of top-class artefacts and unique exhibits presented in spectacular displays with scientifically-based educational value make the Lokschuppen a family-friendly experience which appeals to all ages and casts a spell over scientists, too. Whether it is for the exhibition "Tibet" (2002), "Afghanistan" ( 2004), for "Desert" (2006), "Maya" (2007) or for "The Aristocracy in Bavaria" (2008), the list of lending museums, curators or guidebook authors has always read like a who is who of the international museum scene.
The "DEEP SEA" exhibition (2012), the "RAINFOREST" exhibition (2015) and the "VIKINGS" exhibition (2016) are proof of the large attendance with more than 200.000 people every year.
“PHARAO” (2017) is the first project reaching an international level. After Lokschuppen Rosenheim the touring exhibition will open its doors again in May 2018 at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria (Canada). Following venues until 2021 are going to be several famous museums in the USA, for example the Cincinnati Museum Center.