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Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum)

Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum) Review

The museum is composed of two buildings. The magnificent pink, baroque Prussian arsenal (Zeughaus) was constructed between 1695 and 1730, and is the oldest building on Unter den Linden. It also houses a theater, the Zeughaus Kino, which regularly presents a variety of films, both German and international, historic and modern. The new permanent exhibits, reopened after much debate in mid-2006, offer a modern and fascinating view of German history since the early Middle Ages. Behind the arsenal, the granite-and-glass Pei-Bau building by I. M. Pei holds often stunning and politically controversial changing exhibits, such as 2010's unprecedented blockbuster "Hitler und die Deutschen" ("Hitler and the Germans"), which explored the methods of propaganda used by Hitler and the Nazis to gain power, and 2013's "Zerstörte Vielfalt" or "destroyed diversity," which documents the multi-faceted societal, ethnic, and political ruination of Berlin in the years leading up to WWII. The museum's Café im Zueghaus is a great place to stop and restore your energy.

Updated: 12-26-2013

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