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Foto: Sören Marotz, Berlin 2008
Graffitto eines unbekannten Künstlers an den Fundamenten des Palasts der Republik. Foto: Sören Marotz, Berlin 2008

30 years after its closure on September 19, 1990, the DDR Museum is showing the history of the Palace of the Republic and its location in a new, small special exhibition from September 24, 2020 to April 5, 2021 in the foyer of the museum. Admission to the special exhibition is free.

»No place in Berlin has experienced such radical changes and re-evaluations in the past few decades as the area on which the Palace of the Republic once stood. The building, which opened in 1976, was intended to represent the DDR instead of the Hohenzollern castle that was blown up in 1950. The Palace with the people's chamber was the centre of state power, but at the same time also a palace of the people, « says Sören Marotz, who curated the exhibition together with Dr. Stefan Wolle.

The small special exhibition gives an insight into important events of the much-discussed location from the demolition of the Berlin City Palace in 1950, the use and importance of the Palace of the Republic to the planned opening of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin City Palace.

Opening hours,

  • Monday-Sunday 09:00 - 21:00
  • 1. January regular
  • 24. December 09:00 - 16:00
  • 25. December regular
  • 26. December regular
  • 31. December 09:00 - 16:00


GDR Museum
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 1, Direkt an der Spree, gegenüber dem Berliner Dom, 10178 Berlin


+49 (30) 84 71 23 73-0


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