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Permanent Exhibition

The first museum on the history of the Cold War in Germany is located between the Brandenburg Gate and the Museum Island. The exhibition presents topics and events from 1945 to 1991 not only through interesting exhibits but also through innovative media stations, photos, films and interviews with contemporary witnesses.

The COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin sees itself as a platform for the history of the Cold War and would like to encourage not only people who lived through the Cold War but also a younger audience to delve deeper into the topics of the time.

Over two floors, on around 1600 square metres, the exhibition deals with the formation of blocs after the Second World War, the nuclear threat, the Cuban Missile Crisis, international espionage and the arms race. The competition between systems is also illuminated, for example at the Olympic Games or in the so-called race into space.

In addition to interviews with contemporary witnesses, virtual reality installations and contemporary documentary films, the permanent exhibition also presents numerous exhibits. These include, for example, the original "red telephone", the "torch" of the 1972 Olympic Games and a replica of Sputnik 1 and the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki in 1945.

Architect Sergei Tchoban, owner of the Museum of Architectural Drawing, is responsible for the design with graffiti, portraits of politicians and iconic images from the Cold War.
Additional information
Children under 15 should only visit the exhibition when accompanied by an adult. For the use of the media stations, it is recommended to bring a smartphone and headphones.

Opening hours:

Monday - Sunday
10:00 - 20:00


The museum has a lift and is suitable for wheelchair users. However, as the exhibition is very visual, people with a visual impairment can only perceive the contents of the exhibition to a limited extent.