From a small back building workshop in Berlin to a global firm - there are few industrial corporations that can look back on such a long history of success as we can. Through this website, we invite you to take a fascinating trip through 165 years of Siemens history.
1884 – Werner von Siemens and the founding of the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt
On March 20, 1884, Werner von Siemens made the German imperial government a generous offer: He proposed to donate half a million marks to the government if in return it would support the founding of a state scientific research institution. The entrepreneur thus contributed to the founding of the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt (Physical and Technical Reich Institute), which is still one of the most important German research institutions. more
Important note: The Siemens Historical Institute is preparing to move.
In 2017, the Siemens Historical Institute will open its doors at a new location in Siemensstadt-Berlin. With preparations for the move already underway, our ability to process inquiries addressed to Corporate Archives is now limited. The archives will be closed from March 2016 until December 2016. During this period, the archives will be unable to accommodate visitors or respond to inquiries.