Police Historical Collection

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Polizeihistorische Sammlung Berlin-Tempelhof; Anthropometrische Bertillonage-Kamera © Wikimedia Commons. Foto: Anagoria © Wikimedia Commons. Foto: Anagoria

The Police Historical Collection (Polizeihistorische Sammlung) found in the Berlin Police Headquarters at Platz der Luftbrücke was originally born out of the merger of two collections: the criminal police instructional materials collection on Gothaer Straße and the small Police Museum at the Joachim Lipschitz Police School in Spandau. After German reunification, a wealth of items from the former "Volkspolizei Museum" – a museum devoted to the "people's police" in the former GDR – was added to the collection.
The permanent exhibition documents the history of Berlin's police force on a space of roughly 500 square metres. Among the items on display are historical uniforms, weapons and equipment. A number of firearms and tools used in actual criminal cases are also on display. In addition, the Police Historical Collection comprises over 50 historical vehicles that can be viewed many times in a year, for example, at the Berlin Police Department's Open Door Days.
Historians interested in researching have an archive, photo collection and reference library at their disposal.

Police Historical Collection
Platz der Luftbrücke 6
12101 Berlin

+49 (30) 46 64-76 14 50
+49 (30) 46 64-76 14 98
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Monday -Wednesday
09:00 - 15:00
Thursday -Sunday

We are open again! Please make an appointment by phone in advance!

Admission price
2,00 €
Reduced price
1,00 €
  • limited wheelchair accessibility limited wheelchair accessibility

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