Deutsches Historisches Museum

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German history focuses on more than 8,000 square meters of display space at the German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum), one of Berlin's most well-liked museums since it opened in 1987. Since then, the enormous permanent collection has expanded to over 7,000 objects, which now includes rare manuscripts and official papers, works of fine art and sculpture, military gear, weapons, and armory, posters, and photographs, among other things

Things to do at the Deutsches Historischhes Museum:

  • Take a stroll through European and German history: 

The older structure is the Prussian arsenal, built between 1695 and 1730, and it is one of Berlin's oldest buildings still standing. The museum's vast collection contains 170,000 documents, 50,000 military artifacts, and 500,000 photographic prints (maps, newspapers, flyers, etc.). It has at least 100,000 home items, medical equipment, and religious items. This structure includes a theatre showing historical and contemporary German and foreign films. 

  • The rooms are organized by period for thorough analysis and interpretations:

This museum tries to chronicle 2,000 years of German history through images and texts, which may be comprehensive and tiring.

  • The museum is divided into seven sections:

'around 1200,' 'around 1500,' 'around 1800,' 'around 1914,' 'around 1933,' 'around 1945,' and 'around 1989/90,' each of which aims to serve as a focal point for the significant eras in the history of Germany and Europe.

  • Rich and educative exhibitions draw attention:

The intriguing permanent exhibition 'German History in Pictures and Artifacts,' which debuted in 2006, provides a chronological look at German history from the Middle Ages to the present and is the main attraction of a visit. Visitors may learn about the development of Germany's boundaries and language, the First and Second World Wars, the Nazi Regime, the Cold War partition of Germany, and its subsequent reunification by strolling around the two floors of displays.

  • Look for special artifacts that consume attention and marvel: 

A sizable globe that originally belonged to the Nazi foreign office and shows Germany's location with bullet holes is one of the museum's standout exhibits. Additionally, in the courtyard is a sculpture by Andreas Schluter that portrays dead soldiers and makes a stance against war. The modern wing is home to various interesting temporary exhibits, such as 'Hitler and the Germans,' which detailed the Nazis' use of propaganda to seize power. To help visitors understand the value of each historical piece on show, the museum includes brochures and placards in English and other languages. 

  • The Pei structure houses the museum's changing exhibits:

The contemporary exhibition space created by American-Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei was inaugurated in 2003. It successfully complements the old main building. Exciting temporary exhibitions on current historical and political issues are displayed. They focus on pivotal historical moments, eras, and societal advancements. The museum hosts lectures, panel discussions, and conferences open to academics and history enthusiasts. This museum truly caters to all ages, with thought-provoking and engaging displays.

  • imageDuration Required
    1 hour 30 minutes

Address of Deutsches Historisches Museum

Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Opening & Closing time of Deutsches Historisches Museum

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