Our permanent exhibition is closed due to construction until December 2017

Permanent exhibition

Our History

Germany since 1945


Our permanent exhibition is closed due to construction. It will open again in December 2017.

Travel back in time through German history since 1945: Our exhibition starts with the post-War years, new beginnings and the division of Germany. Why did the Cold War come about? How did the two Germanies develop and what links existed between West Germany and Communist East Germany? What prompted Reunification and what challenges has Germany faced since?

Political events and developments form the red thread running through the exhibition. Moreover, you will see a broad variety of objects relating to everyday life, culture, business life and world events. Have you ever seen a Dakota DC3 from the inside? If not, then it’s high time to – in our exhibition! You can watch old ad reels in a 1950s movie theatre and play Rock’n’Roll classics on our jukebox, dream yourself into the late 1960s in our hippie Volkswagen transporter, take the naturalization test, or check your knowledge in our Europe Quiz.

Each item in the exhibition has its own story to tell. We present the small private and the large public narratives that changed society. Contemporary witnesses report their personal experiences and memories of their youth, of the “Beat” generation and as “guest workers” in West Germany.

You’ll no doubt recognize some of the exhibits: an object from your grandparents’ kitchen, an event your mother used to talked about, a song from your youth that you haven’t heard for ages … A mass of different stories jell to form “our history”.

The Haus der Geschichte has additional special services on offer for kids, families, school classes, students, adults and senior citizens, such as guided visits, audio guides, educational materials and apps.

Our app on the permanent exhibition

Our app on the permanent exhibition

Explore contemporary history on your iPhone, at home or on location at the museum. Our app features the audio guide, an exhibition video, stories relating to the exhibits, and visitor information.

To our app

The companion book to the permanent exhibition

The companion book to the permanent exhibition

The book accompanying the permanent exhibition boasts a great many large photographs and invites you to travel back in time from the comfort of your home. Please note, the books is in German only.

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Ice cream parlour in the permanent exhibition
Jukebox in the permanent exhibition at Haus der Geschichte in Bonn
Guided visit in the permanent exhibition at Haus der Geschichte Bonn
a piece from the moon: Moon stone in the permanent exhibition
A scene from the permanent exhibition 'Our History, Germany since 1945'
Poster of the permanent exhibition
Audio guide

Take a guided tour of the exhibition with headphones

Find out more about selected highlights in our permanent exhibition with our audio guide. You can listen to the individual commentaries straight from this page, either at home in preparation for your visit to the museum or simply using your smartphone while here, with the free Wi-Fi for visitors. If you wish, you can download individual tracks onto your MP3 player as.mp3 files. If you are using a PC, select individual tracks by right-clicking on “.mp3” and selecting “Save target/link as”. Or simply download the entire audio guide.

We hope you enjoy exploring our exhibition! Download the entire audio guide here !

Download the entire audio guide here (.zip)