Nowadays we take it for granted that consumer goods and everyday commodities are produced in large quantities. Their manufacture is directly or indirectly connected with the use of tools and machine tools. There were many stages of development from the first hand tools, such as the axe and bowed drill, to the machine tools known today.

Powerful drills and lathes and milling machines were produced in the 18th and 19th centuries. Only then did the universal use of metal as a material become possible. The new production methods and the steam engine brought about fundamental changes in the social structure and in day-to-day life. The Industrial Revolution was indeed revolutionary. Starting in the mid-20th century, a process introduced from the USA caused a new paradigm shift: numerical control (NC). Machines then took over the operation of machinery, a task that had previously been carried out by humans.

The exhibition presents the history of machine tools in three rooms whose design and layout convey a sense of the historical periods in question. Most of the exhibited machines are in working order and can be demonstrated on request.