The museum is housed in a section of the disused Friedrichshagen waterworks on the banks of Müggelsee Lake. Here documents and objects are exhibited bearing witness to the history of Berlin’s water supply and municipal drainage. Moreover, a wonderful combination of nature, architecture and engineering can be experienced. Friedrichshagen waterworks began operating in 1893 as Berlin’s third municipal waterworks. At the time, it was the largest and most modern of its kind in Europe where Henry Gill, the English engineer and first director of the installation, worked with the architect and municipal master builder Richard Schultze, who designed the buildings in the traditional Brandenburg style. With its six machine buildings, 34 slow sand filters, four irrigators, numerous ancillary buildings and four dwellings, the 55 ha waterworks site is an industrial heritage site of European standing. Three former machine houses and pump house are spread over an area of 7,000 m². The machine hall, maintained in its original condition, with three SCHÖPFMASCHINEN from 1893, is unique. Another machine hall built in the 1920’s is an experience not to be missed by any engineering fan. The permanent exhibition traces the history of Berlin’s water supply and urban drainage from 1850 to 1950. Visitors can find out about drainage and supply to the population of Berlin through house and road wells and via wooden water pipes before the introduction of a centralised water supply. The inadequate hygienic conditions in the city and the constant recurrence of infestation and epidemics before the construction of the sewers are also depicted.
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