What’s there to see in the museum?The main exhibits focus on life in Berlin from 1961 (when the Berlin Wall was built) to the fall of the Berlin Wall and catalogue the stories of those who lived on either side, who escaped (or tried to escape), or who helped others cross from East to West. Some of the most interesting items on display are related to the ingenious ways in which people managed to escape, from modified cars to hot air balloons and a mini-submarine. There’s also a collection of political art, and exhibitions dedicated to NATO and other notable struggles for freedom - including the current conflict in Ukraine and the regime in North Korea.
Is it close to Checkpoint Charlie?The museum is a few doors down from Checkpoint Charlie and has been since 1963. At that time it wasn’t just a collection of objects, but a site for activists and those seeking to help people escape to West Berlin, who could keep an eye on the border from the house’s windows. Many of the exhibit’s items were donated by those who knew the founders during the time the wall was standing.
Are the exhibits suitable for children?Adults visiting with children will probably have to do a lot of explaining - the stories are told mostly via boards of text, and there’s a lot of information given. There are several items on display which kids might find extremely interesting (such as the hot air balloon and the car with a hidden compartment), so you might want to skip over some parts of the exhibits which are less engaging.
How long does it take to visit the museum?There’s a lot inside the museum, and it takes upwards of 2 hours to see everything. If you’re only interested in the Cold War and history of the Berlin Wall you could see those sections in less than 2 hours, and if you’re planning to read every piece of information then you can easily spend 3 or 4 hours taking everything in.