All about Lennep’s famous son | German Röntgen Museum
“I only feel happy when I can experiment.” A famous quote, which is associated with the brilliant researcher Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen for eternity. The free thinker, who revolutionised medicine and science, was not only a creative lateral thinker, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of X-rays, but also a citizen of Lennep.
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was born in Lennep in 1845 as the only child of a family of cloth-makers in a building just a stone’s throw from the museum. By visiting the true-to-life themed family museum, you can follow in his footsteps and also dabble in a spot of research.
Where you can experience the world of the invisible
The German Röntgen Museum is a popular tourist destination on the outskirts of the historic centre of Lennep. With a laboratory, cinema, restaurant, museum shop and permanent and temporary exhibitions, there is a varied programme on offer for guests of all ages. In a space measuring 2,100 square metres, the history of X-rays is presented interactively and links are created to today’s areas of application.
Various displays also give you the chance to get hands-on, try things out or go exploring. This turns every visit into a voyage of discovery through medicine, science and technology. Whether you explore the museum on your own or as part of an expert guided tour is up to you. The best way to find information about the regular museum guided tours is directly on the website of the German Röntgen Museum.
Good to know: The extensive estate of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen consists of photographs, letters, documents and many personal items. It has been reviewed academically and published as a digital collection since 2019. Click here to take a look at it at museum-digital.de.