The Museum tent with velodrome and "Volksfestwelt"
The history of the Oktoberfest comes alive in the Museum Tent belonging to the "Historische Gesellschaft Bayerischer Schausteller e.V." (Historical Society of Bavarian Showmen). Exhibits from the "Münchner Schausteller-Stiftung" (Munich Showmen Foundation), whose collection is housed in the Munich City Museum, invite visitors on a journey through the past. From the Munich Show Jumping Carousel from 1945, a replica of the Velodrome, to the unique Stork caravan from 1952/53, which was used as an office by the Oktoberfest press office for many years, there is much to discover.
Special exhibition in the Museum Tent: "New Ghosts Have Arrived".
This year's special exhibition in the Museum Tent provides a behind-the-scenes look at the ghost trains. Treasures from the Munich City Museum are complemented by private loans. A large selection of unique and extra-scary ghosts, facade parts and other creepy accessories from the period 1947 to 1975, will be presented to the public again after years of sleeping beauty. They come from the fundus of the city museum and from private possession. Photos show where the ghosts were used and information is also provided about their biographies.
New in the Velodrom: High-bikes for children and teenagers
In the "Humorous Velodrome" of the Museum Tent, the joke bikes, for example with offset axle or arm drive, can be tried out. This year, for the first time, suitable penny-farthings are available for children and young people. In the old style, a commander will comment on the action on the track. The Velodrom is one of the oldest amusement rides and was built at the Wiesn from 1901 to 1962.
New "Volksfestwelt": Festival world in mini format
Hans-Heiner Ruoff was a gifted tinkerer and responsible for the electrical system at the fair in Hadmar in the Westerwald. He has recreated the highlights of "his" funfair on a scale of 1:12. He reconstructed 15 models, from the Ferris wheel to the children's carousel, true to detail from scrap metal and bulky waste collections. The filigree miniatures have been in the possession of the Historische Gesellschaft Bayerischer Schausteller e.V. since 2020. On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the builder, the family Heiner and Monika Ruoff had arranged for the donation. This year they will be exhibited in the Museum Tent for the first time.
Children's program in the Museum Tent: Who will get the Wiesn diploma?
Mondays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children ages 6 and up can have fun with face painting, balloon art or cycling in the velodrome in the Museum Tent; participation is free, and school classes are welcome). Guided tours of the Oide Wiesn will also be offered. At the information booth of the Förderverein für Bairische Sprache und Dialekte e.V. (www.fbsd.de), children can test their knowledge of Bavarian in a search game and learn a lot about the history of carnival at the same time. Those who successfully answer all the questions in the search game about the Oide Wiesn will receive the Wiesn diploma and can look forward to a small prize.
- The Museum Tent is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission is free, and participation in the children's program is free. More information about the Museum Tent: www.historische-gesellschaft-bayerischer-schausteller.bayern