Situated within an observation bunker of Peenemünde’s former power station, the Historical Technical Museum explores the development of rockets and missiles here in the lead up to and during World War II. It has become a landmark stop on the European Route of Industrial Heritage, following the history of the Peenemünde Army Research Centre and the Luftwaffe test site of Peenemünde-West that once formed the largest armaments center in Europe.
Around 12,000 people worked here between 1936 and 1945, creating guided weapons and the world’s first cruise missiles, together with large-scale rockets. Today the Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum delves into the creation and use of these weapons, as well as the lives of those who worked on these cutting-edge weaponry projects.
The museum’s permanent exhibition is housed within the former transformer an-nex of the Peenemünde power plant and showcases the history of German rocket technology, as well as the developments made in Peenemünde during the Cold War years. Its displays include the Fi103/“V1” cruise missile and the A4/“V2” rocket, which were two of the most important weapons of the Peenemünde test sites.
Wander through the original power plant of the Peenemünde research station, which features interactive media stations where you can learn about the construc-tion and function of the plant. A glass elevator leads up to a viewing platform on the power plant’s roof, which allows you to appreciate the complexity and scale of the Peenemünde project and its former armament facilities. In addition to its weaponry displays, the museum also houses a chapel that commemorates the victims whose lives were affected by the weapons produced here.