The MIK Early Industrialization is a museum of industrial and social history that shows the early development of industry in the valley of the Wupper with its technical, social, economic and mental facets. Founded in 1983, it was one of the first museums for social history which dealt with the history of industrialization. The museum visitor gets to know the valley of the Wupper as an early industrial pioneer region, as a laboratory of modernity.
Numerous original devices and machines as well as audiovisual and multimedia installations make industrialization in the Wupper valley comprehensible and tangible. Some historical machines are kept ready for operation and demonstrated to visitors to make their functioning transparent and understandable. This gives visitors a fascinating impression of the historical working processes and allows them to become active themselves.
The presentation of population development, immigration, forms of settlements and socio-religious structures occupies a large space. The living cultures of the bourgeoisie as well as of craftsmen and industrial workers are vividly presented with numerous original exhibits. The changes in communication and transport relations (railway, post, customs), global interdependencies and the question of the impact of production on the environment (water as a resource) round off the view of the Wupper valley as an industrial pioneer region.
The permanent exhibition in the MIK Early Industrialization is currently being modernized and is closed!