House of History in Bonn

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Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Haus der Geschichte (“House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany”) is a museum of contemporary history in Bonn. With around one million visitors every year, it is one of the most popular German museums. The Haus der Geschichte is, as well as the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, the Tränenpalast am Bahnhof Friedrichstraße and the Kulturbrauerei with the collection of industrial design (“Sammlung Industrielle Gestaltung”) part of the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation. The foundation’s place of business is Bonn.

In its permanent exhibition, the Haus der Geschichte presents German history from 1945 until the present. Numerous temporary exhibitions emphasize different features. The Haus der Geschichte also organizes guided tours of the Palais Schaumburg (has been closed since August 2013 because of building restoration for estimated three years), the Chancellor’s bungalow and the former place of the Federal Assembly. Moreover, the museum maintains a cartoon gallery with over 75,000 political cartoons and caricatures. The Haus der Geschichte is located on Bundesstraße 9 and is part of the Museumsmeile (Museum Mile) in Bonn, which is part of the former West German government district. It is located north of the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, which are also part of the Museumsmeile. The Haus der Geschichte can be directly accessed from the subway station (Heusallee/Museumsmeile).

House of History © Jpetersen/cc-by-sa-2.0 End of WWII © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0 Conrad Adenauer's Mercedes © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0 Berlin Wall © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0 Entrance House of History © Langinger/cc-by-3.0 © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
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© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
The building was designed in 1985 by the architects Ingeborg and Hartmut Rüdiger from Braunschweig. Construction works began in September 1989. The building has a total floor space of around 22,000 square meters, 4,000 square meters for the permanent exhibition, and over 650 square meters for temporary exhibitions.

The museum puts special emphasis on the orientation of visitors and a vivid presentation of historical events. Under the slogan “Experience History”, the concept is to draw attention to historical objects and make them come alive for visitors. This happens also through the use of historical film and sound records. While the political history of the Federal Republic of Germany and the former East Germany (GDR) is the common thread of the permanent exhibition, the presentation of everyday and cultural history also offers visitors an opportunity to deal with their own past and encourages an intergenerational dialogue. Aside from exhibitions, numerous scientific conventions and events take place at the Haus der Geschichte. An information center with a reference library affords the opportunity to enlarge upon historical subjects individually.

Read more on House of History, Path of Democracy and Wikipedia House of History (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.



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