The 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 State Exhibitions and Special Exhibitions which combine profound scientific knowledge with sumptuous design.
The exhibition centre in Rosenheim is also 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 an engine shed in 1858 into the 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 for 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 Millennium". 215,000 curious visitors travelled back in time to the 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 taken 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 once and for all.
The organisers 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 "American Indians- the original inhabitants of North 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's 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 and always reads like a who's who of the international museum scene.
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.
It has remained that way ever since. The 200,000 visitors who visited the "DEEP SEA" exhibition in 2012 are good proof of that. The national archaeological exhibition for 2013 "Alexander the Great", a joint project with the Archäologischen Staatssammlung München (State Archaeological Collection in Munich), demonstrates the organisers high standards when it comes to scientific knowledge. The project with the Linden-Museum Stuttgart, "Inka- Kings of the Andes", which was run from 11th April to 23rd November 2014 is a further proof of this - as well as the 190.394 visitors of the "RAINFOREST" exhibition in 2015 and the 207.587 people who visited the "VIKINGS" exhibition in 2016.