Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (part 9)

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This is part of a series of blogposts about the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn Germany. Read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here, part 7 here and part 8 here.

As said in the first post of this serie:
“Heinz Nixdorf was a … founder of Nixdorf Computer AG … built computers … pioneer of decentralized data processing … the idea of making the history of the computer’s development accessible … in a museum …”

Okay, I took a bit of a shortcut there, but you get the picture! How could it be any different than for this computer guy who founded a museum to have a part in the museum himself? The hall of fame of the second floor was completely dedicated to Heinz Nixdorf. From the start of his first company in 1959 until Siemens took over in 1990.

This is how their assembly stations used to look. Don’t you just love all those tools and parts!?


All of this assembly work was done by young women. Because “Heinz Nixdorf regarded work as his mission in life, but also as an opportunity to play a part in the shaping of society. For him, the creation of jobs was one of the most important tasks of an entrepreneur.”


Unfortunately I did not make any other pictures of his machines than the ones below. We were walking around in the museum for almost six hours, I was tired, and at the moment this was ‘just another guy doing something smart with computers’. Now that I have learned more about this entrepreneur, I feel like I should have paid more attention during our visit in the museum. Luckily, they also provide this pamflet about both his personal life as his career.





Like I said, I never really heard of Heinz Nixdorf the person until I walked into the museum. The logo was slightly familiar though. I just couldn’t remember… As it turns out, his developed office machines were also financial machines. I look at his logo very often, just never noticed the logo because I was busy doing something else that needed my attention. The Nixdorf logo is on many cash machines!

This was one was taken just yesterday:


After we were done in the museum I wanted to take a stroll at the museum shop. When I was looking at some post cards r3boot pointed out a corner with typewriters from famous writers. Although I still don’t know if these machines really belonged to these writers, the machines itself were stunning!

Bertold Brecht

Sean O’Casey


Ernest Hemingway




So after spending almost six hours in this museum, it was time to go home. We had a wonderful day, it was well worth the three hour drive! If you want to see the 152 pictures all over again just click here to visit my gallery.


TL:DR The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is very impressive! If you are ever in the Netherlands or Germany, make sure you have a spare day to spend in Paderborn. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

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