Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation in Berlin

 

in short

In Berlin, the Foundation Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland opened the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei in November 2013 and an exhibition in the "Palace of Tears" (Tränenpalast) in September 2011.
Die Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland ist mit vielfältigen Angeboten in Berlin vertreten.
© Axel Thünker / Stiftung Haus der Geschichte
Logo: Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation in Berlin

Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation in Berlin

in detail

The Foundation Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland maintains exhibitions at two different locations in Berlin:

The permanent exhibition "Everyday Life in the GDR" in the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei opened on 16 November 2013. The Industrial Design Collection brings together products, posters, archive materials and photographs to document the history of design and culture in everyday life in the Soviet Occupied Zone/East Germany.

The former Friedrichstraße station border crossing point, popularly known as the "Palace of Tears" (Tränenpalast), hosts the permanent exhibition "BorderExperiences - Everyday Life in Divided Germany" at the historical site.
Museum in the Kulturbrauerei
The Kulturbrauerei, a listed site, is an example of 19th century industrial architecture. The foundation of the brewery, later known under the name  "Schultheiss", is laid in 1842. The buildings come through the Second World War almost without damage. Under the regime of the SED they are nationalised and become a Large State-Owned enterprise (VEB). After the German reunification the Trust Agency (Treuhandgesellschaft) administrates the block of buildings. Between 1998 and 2000 the TLG Immobilien partly reconstructs it under aspects of monument protection. In 2011 more extensive reconstruction measures begin at the listed site, so that the museum in the Kulturbrauerei can open its permanent exhibition "Everyday Life in the GDR" on the 16 November 2013. The exhibition presents around 800 original objects, 200 documents, film and sound recordings and biographical reports on an area of 600 square meters. 180 square meters are available for temporary exhibitions.
Admission
Eintritt frei / Admission free
Tränenpalast - Palace of Tears at Friedrichstraße station
From 1962 to 1990 the „Palace of Tears“ is used as customs clearance hall for the departure from East to West. It is directely connected to Friedrichstraße station. The building made of glass and steel, planned by architect of “Reichsbahn” Horst Lüderitz in 1961, looks transparent, open and light from the outside. But in the inside the atmosphere is dominated by control and harassment. After the Fall of the Wall 1989 and the treaty on the Monetary, Economic and Social Union taking effect on the 1 July 1990, border controls between East and West Germany cease. Thus the “Palace of Tears” loses its function as customs clearance building. Since 2003 the “Palace of Tears” is a listed building and restoration begins in 2010. The permanent exhibition “BorderExperiences. Everyday Life in Divided Germany” at the historical site is open for visitors since 2011. The exhibition space of 550 square meters shows 570 objects, 10 biographical stations and 20 media stations, which illustrate everyday German life with regard to division and border.
Admission
Eintritt frei / Admission free
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Visitor entrance

Museum in the Kulturbrauerei
Knaackstraße 97
10435 Berlin
Germany
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 18:00
Mon
-
Tue
10:00 - 18:00
Wed
10:00 - 18:00
Thu
10:00 - 20:00
Fri
10:00 - 18:00
Sat
10:00 - 18:00
Last admission 15 minutes before closing.

Visitor entrance

Tränenpalast - Palace of Tears at Friedrichstraße station
Reichstagufer 17
10117 Berlin
Germany
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 18:00
Mon
-
Tue
09:00 - 19:00
Wed
09:00 - 19:00
Thu
09:00 - 19:00
Fri
09:00 - 19:00
Sat
10:00 - 18:00
Last admission 15 minutes before closing.

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