Merck is the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world. Its roots date back to the year 1668. Experience
the exciting history of Merck and learn what has characterized the company over the centuries: Courage and pioneering spirit, vision and determination.
In order to share and document the company's history, Merck offers access to external visitors and researchers to the following resources at the site premises:
Archive and historical library
Sources include about 2,000 meters of hand-written and printed archive material, such as letters, contracts, patents, laboratory journals, manufacturing specifications and advertisements. The oldest documents are about 400 years old. There are over 150,000 photos and films illustrating the last 150 years of corporate history.
The reference library contains more than 8,000 books and an extensive collection of journals. There is an extremely wide variety of topics, ranging from recipe and herb books of the 15th century to expert literature on corporate strategy of the 21st century.
Museum and event rooms
The museum, which features a well-stocked exhibition, the history of the company is presented as a precondition for today's success. It makes day-to-day activities in a company understandable – starting with the work in the pharmacy and industrial research, production and administration all the way to company sports, the cafeteria or the daycare center.
In addition, rooms are available for lectures small symposia and educational museum events.