Travelling to Technorama is possible in different ways. Here you will find information on travelling for people with a physical disability, a visual impairment and in easy language.
Marked assistance dogs are allowed in the Technorama.
Technorama can be relatively noisy, depending on the number of visitors and the exhibition. There is some banging during the gas and oxygen show – see the notes on loudness and quieter places.
Detailed preparation for the visit to Technorama (e.g. for people with autism)
Here you can download a document with a detailed, visualised preparation for your visit to Technorama.
Print out the document on two pages. You can cut out the «tabs» on the right-hand side so that you can quickly find the topic you want in the booklet.
Please note: There are always changes to the programme at short notice. You will receive all the latest information on site.
In addition, a template for a plan is available here, which you can use to prepare your visit to Technorama. Again, there may be changes to the programme on site.
Entrance fees and discounts
People with an IV/AHV card pay a reduced admission price (3.- cheaper).
Assistance people who accompany people with disabilities have free admission to Technorama. Assistance services vary – assistants provide communicative, physical and emotional support and can come from a professional or personal environment.
Technorama is a partner organisation of the Sternschnuppe Foundation.
Families and institutions with a Sternschnuppenkarte receive free admission.
Families with a child between the ages of 6 and 18 who is disabled, ill or suffering from the consequences of a serious injury can apply for the Sternschnuppenkarte. Institutions such as care homes, hospitals or curative education schools that look after children and young people with disabilities or illnesses aged 6-18 can also apply for the card.
You can find more information about the Sternschnuppenkarte here.
Aids to loan
Various aids are available for loan at the ticket office:
- Two wheelchairs (these will be provided if booked in advance on 052 244 08 44).
- Hearing protection to muffle the ambient noise
- iPhones with the NaviLens and NaviLensGo app (see point Orientation and information with the NaviLens app)
The following aids are available in the restaurant:
- Cutlery with wide handles and bendable spoons (Good Grips cutlery)
- Grooved cup with lid
- Plate rim raiser
- Seating for adults
Notes on the number of visitors
On peak days, a lot of people visit the Technorama and it can get correspondingly noisy and crowded. Experience shows that there are more people on days with bad weather than on days with good weather. The number of visitors is also higher at weekends and during holidays than during the week. On important Christian holidays, however, it is sometimes rather quiet (e.g. 25 December).
School classes plan their visits for longer periods of time, so these visits are not dependent on the weather.
Excursions are less frequent on the first school day after holidays, so fewer school classes are to be expected then. School excursions to Technorama often take place in May and June.
Visitors usually start their tour on the ground floor. If you need a quieter environment, it is therefore advisable to start your tour on the first floor right after the opening.
The restaurant is very crowded from 12 pm onwards when there are many visitors. Hot food is available from 11 am and it is usually much quieter between 11 am – 12 pm.
Content accessibility aids
For the exhibition MatheMagic, all instructions are available in easy language, with METACOM symbols and as an audio file for people with a visual impairment. Some of the instructions are available in sign language.
The content is provided with the apps NaviLens and NaviLensGo – more information on this can be found under the item Orientation and information with the apps NaviLens and NaviLensGo.
For people with a hearing impairment, there will be texts to read along during some of the presentations. Please ask the show staff before the performance begins.
Loudness and quieter places
There is a lot of experimenting and trying things out at Technorama. This can sometimes cause loud noises.
It is usually quieter in the following parts:
Toy Trains (UG), Tinkering Lab, in front of the biology labs on the 2nd floor, in the park.
During the lightning demonstration there are loud noises that can also be heard well in the exhibition rooms. The show usually takes place at 11.30 and 14.30. At the end of the oxygen show there is a loud bang. This is usually shortly before 12 pm and shortly before 3 pm. The bang can be heard on the first floor as well as the second floor.
On some days there are additional shows. These are announced with loudspeaker announcements.
Scheduled announcements take place to announce the shows, the labs and shortly before the Technorama closes (approx. 4.45 pm).
Other announcements are made spontaneously, e.g. when a child is looking for its parents or vice versa.
If you do not understand the announcement, you can ask the hosts at any time. They will explain to you what was announced.
Alle sollen die Anleitungen verstehen.
Darum schreiben wir Anleitungen in leichter Sprache.
Das braucht aber viel Zeit.
Darum gibt es erst wenig Anleitungen in Leichter Sprache.
Wo findest Du die Anleitungen in Leichter Sprache?
Die Anleitungen sind in der Ausstellung MatheMagie.
Es gibt bei jedem Experiment 6 Blätter.
Die Blätter sind in verschiedenen Sprachen.
Eine Sprache ist Leichte Sprache.
Du lädst eine App auf dein Handy.
Die App heisst NaviLensGo.
Siehst du im Technorama einen farbigen Code?
Dann kannst ihn mit deiner App scannen.
Jetzt hast du den Text in Leichter Sprache.
Du kannst auch an die Information gehen.
Dort helfen sie dir:
Sie laden mit dir die App runter.
Sie stellen die App richtig ein.
Lifts and stairs
There is a lift in both stairwells. This has a door width of 160 cm and a cabin size of 160 x 220 cm. There is enough space in front of the lift to turn around.
The lift has a cabin panel with high contrasts and tactile buttons. A handrail is mounted on one side wall.
The lift has a voice output.
The Wonder Bridge in the park is also accessible by lift. The lift is not freely accessible, a telephone number is displayed next to the lift and it can be operated using the Eurokey.
The banisters are provided with tactile labelling. The stairs in the outdoor area are visually marked.
Orientation and information with the NaviLens and NaviLensGo apps
We use NaviLens for blind and visually impaired visitors. The NaviLens codes help visitors find their way from the Technorama entrance to the information centre, the restaurant and the MatheMagic exhibition.
All exhibits in the MatheMagic exhibition are equipped with NaviLens codes. The information on the exhibits can thus be accessed on a mobile phone. The app also helps you navigate through the exhibition.
You can download the app to your mobile phone free of charge before your visit. The navigation currently only works on iPhones, the content works on all smartphones.
An iPhone can also be borrowed from the Technorama information desk.
The NaviLensGo app provides information in different versions:
– for some exhibits there are instructions and explanations in sign language (yellow border around the NaviLens code)
– All instructions are available in easy language (accessible via the app, but analogue instructions are also available)
– All instructions are available with METACOM symbols (accessible via the app, but analogue instructions are also available)
People with medical implants
There are exhibits, areas and demonstrations at Technorama in which (electro)magnetic fields of varying intensity occur. These include in particular the «Et Cetera» and «Electricity and Magnets» exhibitions. However, visitors with medical implants can visit Technorama without any problems. Please follow our instructions for the respective exhibits.
The precautionary measures apply, for example, to people with:
Pacemakers and implanted defibrillators
VP shunt implants with magnetic valves
In order to avoid interfering with your implant as far as possible, please observe the information boards and warning signs on the respective exhibits in the exhibition and follow the respective experiment instructions.
Various aids are available for visitors in the restaurant: Cutlery with wide handles and bendable spoons (Good Grips cutlery), grooved cups with lids, plate raisers and dining seats for adults. If required, please contact the restaurant staff to borrow the appropriate aids.
The entire exhibition including laboratories, park and restaurant are wheelchair accessible.
Most of the exhibits are wheelchair-accessible.
There is sufficient space for wheelchair users at the «Natural History of Lightning» demonstration. Larger groups are welcome to book in advance so that we can organise the space accordingly.
There are only 4-6 wheelchair spaces available for the «Sigi’s phenomenal oxygen show». Please book in advance so that we can reserve a place for you. For safety reasons, it is not possible to sit in front of the first row. The wheelchair spaces are therefore at the back and only accessible from the 2nd floor.
Two wheelchairs are available for hire for people with walking difficulties.
You can reserve these in advance by calling 052 244 08 44
In the event of a necessary evacuation, four EvacChairs are available. These are located in the stairwells on the 1st and 2nd floors. This means that people with a walking disability can be brought safely down the stairs to the ground floor and out of the building.
Toilets and baby changing facilities
There are three wheelchair-accessible toilets in the main building.
The wheelchair-accessible toilets are located on the ground floor by the cloakroom and in the stairwells.
The door to the toilet by the cloakroom opens inwards.
In the first stairwell, the toilet doors open outwards.
In the second stairwell, the first door opens inwards, the second outwards.
You can find more detailed information on the toilets in the Procap access monitor:
Changing tables are located in front of the wheelchair-accessible toilets. Changing facilities for taller people are available in the first-aid room. A changing table with a disposable cover is available there. Please contact the information desk.