BerlinZEIT: The city makes history!

A relaunch of the permanent exhibition covering some of Berlin's most revolutionary events through the centuries

Wednesday 10 July to Sunday 29 December at 10:00 until 18:00
Berlin Museum Ephraim-Palais, Poststraße 16 Berlin

In the Ephraim-Palais Museum, the Berlin City Museum is presenting its newly edited permanent exhibition: BerlinZEIT! In the much-visited Nikolaiviertel, the exhibition offers interested parties from Berlin, all of Germany and the world an entertaining tour of discovery via a comprehensive overview of the sometimes revolutionary events in this city.

It takes visitors on a journey through time, from the founding of Berlin to the present and beyond, along defining periods of time and highlighted years. Berlin is told in an easy-to-understand and compact way using numerous original objects as a city of diversity and openness, but also as a city of ruptures and radical change.

Three guiding principles characterize the newly designed and conceptually further developed permanent exhibition: urban development through growth and destruction, tolerance and persecution, and lastly, domination and co-determination.

The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the period from the emergence of Berlin 800 years ago to the November Revolution of 1918. The first floor looks at Berlin, which has grown into a metropolis, from its expansion into the surrounding area beginning in 1920 to the present. The third floor in the Museum Ephraim-Palais offers additional space for additional presentations or independent special exhibitions, where at various points in “BerlinZEIT” there is space to show further diverse perspectives on Berlin’s urban society. A separate event program for the exhibition will also be developed from these examples.

The narrative arc within these time levels runs chronologically, but visitors can decide for themselves where they want to immerse themselves in the city's eventful history. Various media and activation stations offer access to selected content in a diverse way - including interviews from the 1990s with Berlin actors from politics, business and culture. Other stations delve deeper into topics such as anti-Semitism, women's rights and gay/lesbian emancipation.

A bilingual audio guide also accompanies the exhibition.

Frequency: open Tuesday - Sunday, closed Mondays

Time: 10:00 - 18:00 Berlin time

Location: Museum Ephraim-Palais in Nikolaiviertel, first & second floor

Address: Museum Ephraim-Palais, Poststraße 16, 10178 Berlin

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The reason for the presentation of “BerlinZEIT” in the Museum Ephraim-Palais is the multi-year, comprehensive renovation of the Märkisches Museum - the traditional location of the Berlin City Museum for permanent exhibitions on Berlin history. After the modernization of the neighboring Marinehaus is completed, both buildings will form the heart of a museum and creative quarter at Köllnischer Park in a few years.

With the permanent exhibition, the Nikolaiviertel becomes the central place to explore Berlin's city history. Directly opposite the Ephraim-Palais Museum, the Knoblauchhaus Museum is dedicated to Berlin life in the Biedermeier era. The Nikolaikirche Museum, just a few meters away, focuses on the medieval building and the beginnings of Berlin.


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