Lille Hall

Many visitors to the Technik Museum Speyer consider the Boeing 747 on the open-air site to be the museum's largest exhibit in terms of volume - but far from it: the listed Lille Hall, an exhibition hall of the museum, is a striking example of industrial architecture between the turn of the century and the First World War and thus itself an outstanding exhibit in the collection.

The hall was built in 1913 in Lesquin near Lille (northern France) for the Thomson company in Houston (USA). During the First World War, the entire hall was dismantled by German troops and transported to Speyer. There it served the Pfalz-Flugzeugwerke, which manufactured 2500 aircraft in Speyer. After the First World War until 1930 it was used by the French troops, from 1937 to 1945 it served the Saarpfalz aircraft factory as a workshop for numerous types of aircraft. After the Second World War, the Lille Hall was used again by the French troops. In August 1990, renovation work began by the museum. On April 11, 1991 the building was put into operation as an exhibition hall.

Since October 2008, a modern space travel hall with an exhibition area of 9,000 square meters has been added to the Technik Museum Speyer and represents the optical counterpoint to the historical-looking Lille Hall.