Steglitz Museum is located in an Art Nouveau villa on one of the oldest streets in the district of Lichterfelde. The museum's supporter is a local association known as the "Heimatverein", which was founded 1923. The museum's permanent exhibition covers the history of the areas known as Steglitz, Lankwitz, Lichterfelde and Südende. It is devoted to the "Wandervogel movement", which was founded in 1901 in Steglitz, and conveys how Lichterfelde also became the birthplace of the first electric streetcar. It traces the lives of individuals who lived and worked here, such as flight pioneer Otto Lilienthal and his brother Gustav, who was the architect of many of Lichterfelde's unique apartment buildings.
A number of the museum's temporary exhibitions recall forgotten artists and examine themes relating to the area's urban development and contemporary history, such as the construction of the Teltow Canal, the Nazi era and the end of the Second World War in Steglitz. The museum's overall programme is complemented by city and state historical tours and trips, readings and lectures.
In addition to a comprehensive library, the museum has a large archive covering the area's history, a collection of historical postcards and photos and descriptions of leading Steglitz personalities. It also contains historical address and telephone books and an extensive map collection. A large part of the archives can be accessed online.