Hannah Arendt and the Twentieth Century

Hannah Arendt and the Twentieth Century

27 March to 18 October 2020

Please note the informationen about visiting the exhibition.

The twentieth century simply cannot be understood without Hannah Arendt, wrote the author Amos Elon. Arendt significantly influenced two concepts that are essential for the understanding of the twentieth century: “totalitarianism” and the “banality of evil”. Arendt’s insights were rarely left unchallenged.

The exhibition “Hannah Arendt and the Twentieth Century” aims to trace Arendt’s observations on contemporary history and introduce to the public a life and work that mirrors the history of the twentieth century: totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, the situation of refugees, the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, the political system and the racial segregation in the U. S., the student movement and feminism. Arendt frequently expressed her views on current events as a public intellectual, often sparking fierce controversy.

As the exhibition will show this diagnostic appraisal makes the question of the power of judgement particularly urgent today against the backdrop of pluralization, the accelerated change in values and growing populism.

Opening hours

from July 2020: Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm


Due to the current distance and hygiene regulations, only a limited contingent of tickets is available. We recommend that you purchase an online ticket for your visit. Only a few remaining tickets are available at the ticket offices.

Despite an online-ticket, waiting times may occur if the exhibition is too crowded. We ask for your understanding for the current situation.

The time slots at 10 am and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm are available exclusively for on-site sales. The supply of tickets is regulated by the capacity of the exhibition. There may be waiting times on site.

Please note the applicable admission regulations and the current visitor regulations.

The online ticket is offered with the support of visitBerlin.

Accepted as a smartphone ticket or printout: You will receive your ticket when you show it at the cash desk.

Please keep the booked time slot.

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, 245, 300 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