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Maybe your children are interested in seeing an ice-cream parlour from the 1950s or the big Mercedes of Konrad Adenauer, the former chancellor ? This and much more about policy, economy, culture and everyday life since 1945 can be found in the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the museum for contemporary history. Here, children can experience in a very realistic way how their parents and grandparents lived as children and young persons.
Experience the history
The Haus der Geschichte as part of the Museumsmeile always unfolds nem pages of Germany's recent past.
The German contemporary history becomes alive in the Haus der Geschichte (House of Hsitory) in Bonn:
Approximately 7,000 original exhibits ranging from a railway saloon car of the federal chancellors to an original cinema from the 1950s up to parts of the Berlin wall, Honecker’s warrant of arrest and the first Green Card for a foreign IT specialist are displayed here. Historical film and tonal documents, as well as numerous media stations invite the young and the old for an active deal with their own history.
About one million visitors come to see the various exhibitions of the Haus der Geshichte (House of History) per year.
Tip: Entrance is free
The permanent exhibition “Our History. Germany since 1945” presents contemporary German history from the end of the Second World War to the present day - in a lively, up-to-date way and in an international context. Individual perspectives on historical events and everyday life also allow visitors to develop an emotional response to German history.
Original items, which are attractively displayed, tell “our story” in an area covering 4,000 square meters. The “highlights” include the seating used in the German parliament, or “Bundestag”, in which visitors can sit and select excerpts from parliament debates. In the original cinema and ice cream parlour from the 1950s, everyday history is brought to life. A popular exhibit is also the hippie “Bulli”: a colourfully painted VW bus from California, which takes visitors back to the era of “love and peace”.
The east-west conflict is memorably symbolised by the tower of a Soviet T-34 tank, among other items. Tanks of this type were used to put down the uprising in the GDR on 17 June 1953.
Themes at the end of the exhibition are the influence of globalisation on everyday life and the world of work in Germany, as well as the work of the German army abroad or the lives of migrants in Germany.
In the underground train entrance, the first service Mercedes used by Konrad Adenauer and the railway salon carriage of the Federal Chancellor are relics of the time when Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In the basement of the building, a cellar of a Roman craftsman’s home from the 2nd century AD can be seen, at the site at which it was discovered. In one exhibition, the museum presents further exhibits from the excavation work conducted on the plot. An animation with a virtual flight over Roman Bonn and down into the Roman cellar vividly illustrates Roman civilian life during this period.
(Images: Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Foto: Axel Thünker, Presseamt der Bundesstadt Bonn, Presseamt der Bundesstadt Bonn, Von Jpetersen - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=126918, Von Wolkenkratzer - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31084123, Von Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72868561, Von Holger.Ellgaard - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16615168)
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