Our archive offers an overview of the broad spectrum of previous exhibitions of the Museum of the University of Tübingen MUT.

MicroPop. Design, Science and the World of Microbes

June 29th 2023 to August 27th 2023

On June 29th, 2023, the CMFI traveling exhibition "MicroPop - Design, Science and the World of Microbes" will open in the Knights' Hall of Hohentübingen Castle. Spread across eight stations, the exhibition features highly interactive exhibits that freely translate research concepts from microbiome and infection research into the realm of communication and industrial design. They range from microbial mirrors, communicating furniture and video games to a typeface developed with bacteria. Through the exhibits, visitors can experience the rarely consciously perceived world of microorganisms around and in our bodies in a sensual way.

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The ‚Dörfle‘ in der western part of the town

June 19th 2023 to Juli 14th 2023

The exhibition shows the past and present of the 'Dörfle' in the western part of Tübingen. It follows the dense reporting in the newsletter Schwäbisches Tagblatt. But even more so, it lets the people living in the settlement or involved with it have their say. In the process, one thing quickly becomes clear: the settlement has not only made a home possible for its residents, but has also become an important site of a migrant history of Tübingen itself.

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Troia, Schliemann and Tübingen

28 October 2022 to 16 April 2023

In 2022, the Museum im Schloss Hohentübingen will celebrate its 25th birthday. To mark this anniversary, the MUT is planning the special exhibition "Troia, Schliemann and Tübingen" together with the Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology. The legendary discoverer of Troia, Heinrich Schliemann, will also celebrate his 200th birthday in 2022, and the University of Tübingen can look back on more than 30 years of Troia research: reasons enough to choose "Troia, Schliemann and Tübingen" as the theme of the annual exhibition 2022/23 at Schloss Hohentübingen.

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Troia for Kids

28. October 2022 to 16. April 2023

Accompanying the annual exhibition of the MUT, students of the University of Tübingen developed the discovery workshop "Troia for Kids" in the practical seminar "MUT for Everyone: 'Troia for Kids'" under the direction of Bettina Zundel M.A. This is supplemented by a quiz booklet developed by students as well as workshops and guided tours for children and young people. Through his workshop leads the Troian horse "Troi" ...

Katharina von Boehm-Bezing was responsible for the student project management and participation in the areas. The drawings of Troi in the discovery workshop were designed by Julia Noll-Rakus. This smaller presentation invites visitors to participate with various themes. The offerings include, for example, a shadow theater, a "text adventure," a reading corner where the Troian horse invites visitors, as well as peep boxes, tactile objects, a weaving workshop where a collaborative woven carpet is created, an art smithy, a photo wall with Ms. Schliemann, and much more.

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Drawing in Motion

August 20th to Oktober 3rd 2022

Japanese light artist Takehito Koganezawa is the fourth Invited Artist at the University of Tübingen. He represents a completely new conception of drawing: moving, ephemeral, intangible. Realising this form with students in a workshop turned out to be a highly complex undertakingcapturing the results and making them visible in a public presentation is the goal of this exhibition at Schloss Hohentübingen.

Schöningen - Der große Wurf
Hunting, gathering and life 300,000 years ago

29 July to 3 October 2022

Why are we the way we are? When did we become human beings? What do our Stone Age ancestors have in common with us and how do we differ? In Schöningen, Lower Saxony, there is an archaeological site that plays an important role in answering these questions.  The exhibition provides insights into these times long past. But it is not only about the past. Topics such as climate fluctuations, environmental changes, and the search for the true nature of man are fundamental questions that have rarely been as topical as they are today.

Maarten van Heemskerck & Co.


May 20th to July 29th 2022

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the nine-part graphic piece The Cycle of Human Existence, preserved as a complete set in only a few museums worldwide. It was engraved by Cornelis Cort after designs by Maarten van Heemskerck and published in 1564 in Hieronymus Cock's famous Antwerp print shop Aux Quatre Vents (In de Vier Winden).

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Looking Glass

May 6th to June 12th 2022

A visit to a museum is characterized by associations and frameworks. Some are obvious and are quickly perceived as soon as you enter the exhibition space. On the side of more subtle access conditions is the display case. As visitors walk through the exhibition, the pedestal and glass cube quickly fade into the background. The special exhibition "LOOKING GLASS" is dedicated to this often ignored and yet blocking element.

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Zurab Bero – „Feel the Touch“

February 18th to April 18th 2022

In his works, georgian artist Zurab Bero explores the expansion of classical sculpting into conceptual spatial installations. The "Feel the touch" exhibition presents the results of two workshops in which artist Bero and several students worked together.

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MuseumVirtuell – A VR exhibition made by students

Oktober 16th to November 28th 2021

A project developed in cooperation by students from the fields of Ancient Numismatics and Digital Humanities of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. With the latest VR technology from the company ImproVive, 3D models of the Tübingen collection of contorniates (roman medallions) are presented. To give visitors the ability to discuss facts about roman medallions human avatars are available. The project was awareded the Open Educational Resources price of the Dr. K. H. Eberle foundation.

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19. Mai 1971. – „Die Umbenennungsfrage ist damit entschieden.“

July 2nd to November 7th 2021

The exhibition "19 May 1971. 'The renaming question is thus decided.'" is part of the anniversary programme "50 Years of Empirical Cultural Studies Tübingen". The renaming took place in the context of a discussion that continues in the subject of folklore in German-speaking countries to the present day and in which the EKW played a pioneering role. The exhibition shows objects and writings from the long history of the subject. Another focus is the connection between the subject and the student body, which was also intensively involved in the creation of the exhibition.

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Unser Ding – Objekte als Spiegel der Institutsgeschichte

October 16th to November 7th 2021

The history of the subject is also factual history. Objects as well as publication collected at the Ludwig Uhland Institute are showpieces and pieces of knowledge that represent the development of the subject and the change in the range of topics. The exhibition shows finds from the LUI's archive and collection that students tracked down, identified, described, and analyzed during an exercise led by Wolfgang Alber and Joachim Kallinich.

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The 1000 Names of Vishnu – Illustrated Sanskrit manuscripts

March 25th to June 13th 2021

The special exhibition at MUT Ancient Cultures | Hohentübingen Castle features two manuscripts from the Heide and Wolfgang Voelter Collection, which have now been donated to the manuscript collection of Tübingen University Library. The works contain Sanskrit texts, including the famous Bhagavadgītā ("Song of the Exalted") and the 1000 Names of Vishnu, both decorated with beautiful miniatures on Indian mythology.

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Stefan Göler – "The invisible exhibition"

February 21th 2020 to September 12th 2021

Two apparent contradictions characterize this not everyday project: on the one hand, the attempt to implement the "invisible" in an "eerie experience" such as an exhibition, namely the careful, delicate, almost mysterious intervention in the permanent exhibition of the MUT, which must first be discovered by the visitors, and on the other hand, the contrasting of very old art with completely new, contemporary objects by the Regensburg artist Stefan Göler.

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UDO – The first biped

January 31st to November 1st 2020

Danuvius guggenmosi - the upright walking ape from the Allgäu is presented to the public for the first time. Based on the reconstruction of the skeleton of the male individual Udo, the show provides an up-close look at this internationally sensational find, which questions previous hypotheses on the evolution of the upright gait.

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Morgan O'Hara – „Life and Meaning... it's personal“

March 20th to September 6th 2020

In the fall of 2019, the MUT organized the workshop "Life and Meaning... it's personal" with the university's "Invited Artist," Morgan O'Hara, at Schloss Hohentübingen for students of all faculties. In direct engagement with the artist, numerous exciting artistic testimonies of this encounter were created, which will now be presented to the public in a special exhibition of the MUT.

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50 Jahre Botanischer Garten

Plant diversity 1969–2019
March 10th to February 9th 2020

The Botanical Garden of the University of Tübingen has been located on the Morgenstelle for the last 50 years. This is enough reason to celebrate its birthday and to look back fifty years and behind the scenes of the garden. The anniversary exhibition presents the complete history of the Botanical Garden in Tübingen, which is already several centuries old.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Machines in Science and Art
May 3rd to Dezember 1st 2019

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death on the 2nd May, 1519, the Museum of the University of Tübingen MUT is opening an extensive exhibition in Hohentübingen Castle: At the centre of this only major presentation in Germany for this anniversary are almost 50 large replicas of machine designs based on Leonardo’s drawings. The surprisingly designed show by the curators Ernst Seidl and Frank Dürr in cooperation with the scenographer Stephan Potengowski shows the objects, reconstructed by Italian craftsmen, not auratically staged, but supplemented with modern equipment in workshop rooms.

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