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

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

Permanent Exhibition

Please note the informationen about visiting the exhibition.

The Permanent Exhibition in the Zeughaus provides key insights into 1,500 years of Germany‘s past. A tour covering the two floors of the exhibition chronologically presents German history in its European context: the introductory section on the first floor revolves around changes in the borders of Germany and Europe, and the history of the German language. The tour then covers the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Thirty Year‘s War, on to the German Empire and end of the First World War in 1918. The ground floor explores the Weimar Republic, the National Socialist regime, and the post-war period. The exhibition also covers the history of the two German states from 1949, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and German reunification in 1990.

7,000 historical exhibits show us how people lived and thought, as well as the events and historical developments they were part of. The exhibition focusses on political history shaped by rulers, politicians and communities. Furthermore, each epoch in the exhibition also contains a variety of rooms in which everyday life is explored.


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

Events and tours

Opening hours

Zeughaus: open from 1 July 2020, daily 10 am to 6 pm


Pei building: Friday-Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday 10 am to 8 pm


Permanent Exhibition: Free entry

Temporary Exhibitions: € 8, reduced € 4, free up to 18 years

Tour booking

Tel. +49 30 20304-750/-751

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