In the early 1980s, Chancellor Helmut Kohl suggested dedicating a museum to German history from 1945 onwards. It was a controversial topic. German nationalism was still a touchy subject. Despite the controversy, the museum was built.
It is part of three museums of the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation. The other two are in Berlin and Leipzig.
At the Bonn location, get a chance to see artifacts from a divided Germany. Like what? The hidden camera used to capture the images of the 1950s uprising in East Berlin. A railway car that held famous German politicians like Herman Goering, Konrad Adenauer, and Willy Brandt to travel between Bonn, Berlin, and beyond. There are replicas of parliaments and ice cream parlors, simple objects used by everyday people, and profiles of some of the more memorable personalities. With over 7,000 exhibits, this is the perfect place to get a sense of the stories that make up German history.
The Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland is a free museum. Be sure to check out the free English-language audio guides, as well as workshops and events throughout the year. Visit their website for more information.
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