After 20 years of existence, the Danube Swabian Museum (DZM) in Ulm is setting new priorities. From spring 2022, an interactive and adventure-oriented exhibition on the cultural history of the Danube and its surrounding region will offer stories for a family audience to experience on 550 square meters. The presentation of the history of the Danube Swabians from the end of the 17th century to the present day will remain the heart of the museum. The historical permanent exhibition displayed on 1,000 square meters was fundamentally modernized and updated as part of the renovation.
With a new title, exciting exhibits from the depot and new stories, the exhibition “Donauschwaben. Departure and Encounter ”into the world of Danube Swabian women and men who tell of migration and their life between deprivation and new beginnings. The experiences from various cultures make the Danube Swabians mediators and bridge builders. They and their descendants now live in many countries around the world: in the former settlement areas in East-Central and Southeastern Europe, in Germany and Austria, but also in Brazil and the USA.
The entirely new and interactively designed adventure exhibition “Danube. River Stories ”complements the DZM's program. The Danube, measuring 3,000 kilometers from its source in the Black Forest to the Black Sea, meanders as a blue ribbon through the vaulted rooms of the museum, a listed barracks from the 19th century. With objects, photographs, films and illustrations, the exhibition tells 22 stories of life on and with the Danube. Ten countries are located on the banks oft he Danube - no other river crosses as many countries and cultures. The Danube was a connecting route between Central and Southeastern Europe, but also a dividing line, for example between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy and between the Western states and the socialist Eastern Bloc. Today 100 million people live in the catchment area of the Danube.
Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum (DZM)
Danube Swabian Museum
Schillerstraße 1, 89077 Ulm