More than 7,000 exclusive exhibits from the German Historical Museum's collections, whose historical testimonial value is utterly unique, are displayed over 8,000 square metres, presenting a lively, vivid tableau of German history.
Pei building of the German Historical Museum in Berlin.
History is booming – the German Historical Museum has certainly experienced a surge in interest since its foundation, with numerous temporary exhibitions, an interest which has only increased since its permanent exhibition was opened in 2006. Germany's two thousand year history, as chequered as it is dynamic, is placed in a European context in an exhibition entitled "German History in Images and Artefacts" and presented to the public in Berlin's baroque Zeughaus, or former arsenal.
Special exhibitions in the modern Pei building
German history is thereby placed in an international context which takes account of both the diverse events demarcating political and historical-cultural exchange, in addition to its integration with neighbouring states' cultural heritage. The permanent exhibition is supplemented by temporary special exhibitions housed in the modern exhibition building, which was designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. The spacious new building, with a foyer constructed of glass and steel and a striking helical staircase, was opened in 2003, and can also be accessed via the inner courtyard of the Zeughaus. Significant events and formative facets of German history are displayed across four levels.