The Urania in Berlin's Schöneberg district offers one of the widest popular science and adult education programs in the world. It was established in 1888 by the astronomers Wilhelm Foerster and Wilhelm Meyer, with financial aid from the industrialist Werner von Siemens. Its first home, equipped with a public observatory, the first technical natural history museum, one of the first planetariums, lecture rooms and a "scientific theater," was in Invalidenstrasse.
Address: An der Urania 17, Kleiststrasse 13-14, D-10787 Berlin, Germany
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
Postal Museum of Berlin
Founded in 1966, the Postmuseum Berlin was extensively redesigned in 1986-89. Now the exhibition entitled "Berlin and its post - yesterday, today and tomorrow" is spread over some 2,000 sqm/21,500 sq.ft. The upper floor presents the history of the Prussian postal system up to 1945: 1648-1815 (introduction of a postal system by the Great Elector Frederick William); 1815-66 (the city post in Berlin); 1866-1945 (the period up to the division of Berlin into four sectors). In the entrance foyer is an exhibition of medieval postal arrangements. Between the floors the theme is "Communication by Satellite." On the ground floor will be found an exhibition devoted to recent technical development in the media. A video-conference studio makes contact with modern technology possible. A stamp collection labeled "Berlin's postal management as mirrored in its postage stamps" will prove interesting to all philatelists.
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