Visitors can expect an exciting walk through around 11,000 years of history. The exhibition begins with prehistory and early history, which covers by far the longest period. The history of the villages of Biesdorf, Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf, Mahlsdorf and Marzahn from their foundation in the 13th to the second half of the 20th century forms a focal point. Although village life at the gates of Berlin remained essentially unchanged until the middle of the 19th century, profound changes took place after 1870. The connections to the capital Berlin increased strongly, in 1920 the up to then communally independent places were incorporated. Large settlement areas were created and the number of inhabitants multiplied. The first small industrial companies settled here. For decades Rieselfelder formed the landscape around Marzahn and Hellersdorf. Also politically and culturally the 100 years - from the empire over the national socialism up to the GDR - were a time of multiple change.
In the past 40 years, the Marzahn-Hellersdorf region changed more than ever before. In 1975 the civil engineers began their work on Marchwitzastraße in the first residential area of Marzahn. Just over two years later, the first tenants of the large housing estate moved in. With the construction of more than 100,000 apartments by the beginning of the 1990s, Marzahn and Hellersdorf took on the dimensions of large cities. After 1989/90, political and social conditions changed dramatically. The large housing estates were renovated, new houses were built primarily in the historic villages and settlements of Biesdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf.
The exhibition presents numerous original objects in all thematic areas, including the lacquer profile of a wickerwork fountain discovered in 2005 in Biesdorf-Süd from the pre-Roman Iron Age (400-200 BC) as well as several architectural models from the recent past.