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Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht-Straße

The permanent exhibition “Topography of Terror: Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht-Straße” focuses on the central institutions of the SS and police during the “Third Reich” and the crimes that they committed throughout Europe.

With the help of mostly photographic material on a “ribbon of panels” and documents (facsimiles) presented at subject-oriented lecterns, visitors are led through the major themes of the exhibition’s five main segments:

  • The National Socialist Takeover of Power
  • Institutions of Terror (SS and Police)
  • Terror, Persecution and Extermination on Reich Territory
  • SS and Reich Security Main Office in the Occupied Countries
  • The End of the War and the Postwar Era
Computer stations and reading folders provide in-depth information, often addressing subjects beyond the scope of the exhibition.

In the exhibition itself, some audio and film documents are used with restraint. The media stations offer the possibility of using transitions to illustrate different historical phases of development, both temporally and spatially.

Maps with headquarters of the SS and the police are also to be found here, as well as maps with selected crime sites and a representation of the Nazi concentration camp system as a central element of the terror system of the "Third Reich".

The exhibition is bilingual (German and English). An audio guide in German is available for the exhibition. The audio guide is also available in easy language and in a version for blind and visually impaired visitors. In addition, a video guide in German sign language is offered. The loan is made by the visitor service in the documentation center.

Additional information
Opening hours
daily 10 to 20 o'clock
closing day
24th, 31st December and 1st January


We do apologize that the following information is currently only available in German.