Holidaying in Berlin? A brand new interactive museum opens this week

Holidaying in Berlin? A brand new interactive museum opens this week

This Saturday, the Deutschlandmuseum will open its doors in Berlin and take visitors on an exciting journey through 2,000 years of German history. During a one-hour tour, visitors will relive defining moments in German history across two floors. The aim of the exhibition is to provide an entertaining time traveling experience without the need for any prior historical knowledge. The new museum is located at Leipziger Platz 7 in Berlin and is now open to guests of all ages.

Visitors to the Deutschlandmuseum embark on a journey through 12 epochs of German history. They walk through a historic forest, a mediaeval castle, a World War I trench, a shopping mall of the Wilhelminian era and a Berlin S-Bahn in the newly reunified Germany.

Each of the 12 themed exhibition rooms features authentic decorations, sounds, smells and lighting effects to immerse guests in realistically designed worlds.

This creates deceptively real forests, creaking floorboards in castle walls, the smell of gunpowder, glowing shop windows of the Golden Twenties, rubble in destroyed Berlin in 1945 and more. In addition, 3D projections extend the rooms into the digital world.

The museum works specifically with the entertainment factor: display boards, interactive maps and artworks inform about each era. The media presentations run in short loops so that guests can quickly and playfully relive history even without prior knowledge.

Merging history and entertainment

For the first time, an exhibition combines in-depth historical knowledge of an entire nation with the entertainment factor of a theme park or movie set. To achieve this, Robert Rückel, director of the German Spy Museum, has assembled a team that includes renowned experts such as award-winning theme park designer Chris Lange and graphic designers Constantin Bänfer and Jonas Kartenbeck. A team of historians, designers, architects, game designers, planners and many more have been involved in the implementation of the museum.

“Historical national museums surround their exhibitions with a fascinating aura and present impressive collection pieces. Amusement parks, on the other hand, create fantasy worlds where guests are meant to have fun. The Deutschlandmuseum combines both: it enables immersive experiences and at the same time conveys a comprehensive understanding of the respective era. I am very proud of what we have achieved with the creative team and the architects. This experience is quite unique because it breaks down cultural barriers and engages visitors in history,” says Rückel.

Located next to the Spy Museum, the Deutschlandmuseum complements Berlin’s cultural offerings. It is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm and admission is exclusively by time slot tickets that can be bought online.

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