Today: open 10 am to 6 pm

German History from the Middle Ages to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Permanent Exhibition

The Permanent Exhibition of the German Historical Museum provides insight into around 1500 years of Germany’s past. Around 7000 historical exponents tell of people, ideas, events and historical developments from the 5th century to the end of the 20th century.

The introductory section is devoted to changes in the boundaries of Germany and Europe and to the history of the German language. From there the tour through the exhibition examines political history as it was, and still is, shaped by rulers, politicians and constituted communities. It does not claim to present a comprehensive history of everyday routines, work and living conditions, but in many different ways it provides a view of the everyday life of various groups of society.

The exhibition occupies two entire floors of the Zeughaus, the former armoury. On the tour through the exhibition you pass through a series of chronologically arranged historical epochs. The upper floor covers history up to the end of the First World War. The tour continues on the main floor through areas devoted to the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, the post-war period as well as the history of the two German states from 1949 to reunification in 1990, followed by the departure of the Allied Forces in 1994.


500-1500 1500-1650 1650-1789 1789–1871 1871–1918 1918–1933 1933–1945 1945–1949 1949–1994

Opening hours

daily 10 am to 6 pm


Free up to 18 years
€ 8, reduced € 4

Tour booking

Permanent exhibition
Tel.  +49 30 20304-751

Special exhibitions
Tel. +49 30 20304-750

Museum shop


In the museum

Buchhandlung Walther König
Tel. +49 30 206 24 5 24


All entrances are wheelchair accessible

Public transport

Hackescher Markt, Friedrichstraße

Französische Straße, Friedrichstraße, Hausvogteiplatz

100, 200, TXL Staatoper or Lustgarten

Underground car park below Bebelplatz
City Quartier Dom Aquarée


Deutsches Historisches Museum

Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin

Tel. +49 30 20304-0