Two wheels, a thousand questions: When was the first bicycle developed, and what did it look like? How does it feel to sit on a penny-farthing? Will robots be able to cycle in the future? Our new special exhibition “BIKE IT – from draisine to lifestyle” leaves no questions unanswered! Here you’ll find out everything there is to know about the past, present and future of this popular means of transportation. You’ll literally cycle through the entire history of the bike! Or how about a virtual bicycle tour through Jerusalem, Ottawa, Naples or Bremen? Let’s go!
As usual the focus is, of course, on trying things out: will you be able to withstand the different resistance levels in the wind tunnel, and can you cycle upside down too? At numerous hands-on stations, cycling enthusiasts of all ages can explore the technical background of the two-wheeler and take a close look at its individual parts. Historical films and pictures as well as artistic installations will put a smile on your face and inspire you to reflect.
Well-rounded summer programme in the outdoor area!
Outside, a very special bike course awaits all brave guests: take the most unusual bikes out for a few test laps! Visitors over six years of age can experience first-hand how wobbly the first penny-farthings were and how challenging it was to ride them.
The replica of the first freight bicycle illustrates the strenuous effort involved for cyclists at the time.
What’s more, bike fans both young and old can learn how to ride a chainless bicycle just with a simple rope. Or how tough a hand-operated two-wheeler is on the upper arms. And it doesn’t stop there: if you feel especially daring, you can try out a bike with inverted handle-bars. Naturally, your own safety comes first and helmets are available for all testers. Who would have thought that wheels don’t always have to be round? In the forum of the outdoor area, you can discover a bike with square wheels.
Those who want to dig a little deeper can visit information points to read anecdotes about particularly funny bikes and discover what the lever principle has to do with bicycles.
Bremen sure is a real bicycle city, right? Did you know that some impressive innovations come from Bremen, that the German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC e.V.) was founded here, and that the Hanseatic city is a pioneer when it comes to urban development? Will Bremen have highways for bicycles in the future?
Idea and development
The international touring exhibition “BIKE IT – from draisine to lifestyle” was curated, designed and built by the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem (Israel) and developed together with Universum® Bremen, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation in Ottawa and Città della Scienza in Naples (Italy). The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the bicycle in 2017, when the exhibition premiered in Jerusalem from July 2017 to May 2018. From 28 June 2018 to 5 May 2019 it will be shown at Universum® Bremen, making her first appearance in Europe and Germany.
Loans and funding
The bicycle models on display are on loan from Ingenium (Ottawa, Canada), the Velorama National Bicycle Museum (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) and some private collectors.
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