German History Museum

23-07-2017

Yesterday I went to the German History Museum which is on Unter den Linden, and is really two museums, a modern steel and glass building built in 2006 which is used for special exhibitions which is joined to an 18th century building which holds the permanent collection.

I went to an exhibition of the history of German multiculturalism and immigration first, as this is a pretty relevant topic these days. It was a photographs and videos exhibition but unusual for German exhibitions (and ironic for this one) it was only in German and there were no English translations. 

The permanent exhibition was the main reason for my visit (and this was in German and English). It’s an exhibition of artefacts, pictures, photographs and presentations tracing the history of Germany from about 800 AD to the present day, including a separate section on the second world war, the GDR years, and the lead to reunification in 1990. I could have spent the whole day there, however 2 hours was enough to cover most of the history at a high level. I visited this museum last year and still there was plenty of detail which I hadn’t picked up on that visit. Definitely recommended, especially the 20th century history.

Candlelight parade through the Brandenburg Gates in the late 1930s

Candlelight parade through the Brandenburg Gates in the late 1930s

Comrades from the GDR

Comrades from the GDR