Opening of the new COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin

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Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10 am
Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey opens the COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin
Press and photo session for the official opening by the Governing Mayor on November 26 at 4 p.m.

3-2-1-Go: The COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin will welcome its first visitors on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 10 am. Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey will officially open Germany's first museum about the Cold War era on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm.

The COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin surprises as Museum 4.0 with interactive and virtual applications, with exclusive exhibits and the trend-setting design of the renowned architect Sergei Tchoban. Located on the lively boulevard Unter den Linden, it builds a bridge between the Humboldt Forum, Museum Island and the Brandenburg Gate.

A symbolic Iron Curtain welcomes visitors in the foyer - spectacularly perforated with portraits of the politicians who were active in the Cold War: Harry S. Truman, Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill, Nikita Khrushchev, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl. A work by Ukrainian artist Vanda Sakhatskaya.

Above the heads of the visitors hovers an original Dvina S-75 missile, which was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s and is still one of the most widely used air defense systems in the world. A Dvina S-75 was used to shoot down a U.S. U- 2 spy plane over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The pilot Francis Gary Powers survived, was captured and later exchanged on the "Bridge of Spies", the Glienicke Bridge.

On display - suspended between the two floors of the museum - is a replica of the "Fat Man" atomic bomb that fell on the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

Other spectacular exhibits: a replica of the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 or the real control stick from the Apollo rocket used in the Apollo-Soyuz mission in July 1975. At that time, an American and a Russian shook hands in space. A historic moment that brought both countries closer to history for the blink of an eye.

On display is the original "red telephone" that (helped) secure the fragile peace between East and West. The "torch" of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich is also presented, as well as space suits from East and West.

Visitors experience the history of the Cold War on numerous monitors, where they can access contemporary documentary footage, photos, animations and eyewitness videos. Visitors navigate through the house using their smartphone. The audio guide can be activated via a QR code.

On VR glasses, an iconic moment in history comes to life. The leap to freedom of GDR police officer Conrad Schumann on August 15, 1961, captured for eternity by photographer Peter Leibing. The virtual reality installation by Boris Hars-Tschachotin shows Schumann's jump over the barbed wire from three different perspectives.

The goal of the COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin is to appeal to young people who know the Cold War at best from history lessons, as well as older people who have personally experienced this time. Founder and CEO Carsten Kollmeier: "We would be happy if the grandson takes the grandfather by the hand to visit our house and dive into this era together."

The COLD WAR MUSEUM Berlin sees itself as a platform for the history of the Cold War. Carsten Kollmeier: "We tell this multi-layered complex of topics based on facts and science. We want to arouse interest in this exciting chapter of history among our national and international guests. We want to motivate our visitors to delve deeper."

The Scientific Advisory Board is chaired by Prof. Dr. Bernd Stöver, historian and professor of international history at the University of Potsdam - an internationally renowned expert on the Cold War era and author of numerous books. The high-caliber board includes, among others, the former Governing Mayors of Berlin Eberhard Diepgen and Walter Momper, both themselves contemporary witnesses of the Cold War.

Berliners have free admission on Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27. Time slot tickets are available exclusively via the homepage.

Opening: November 26, 2022 - 10 a.m.
Location: Berlin - Unter den Linden 14

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 - 20.00 hrs
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Press and photo session on
November 26 | 4:00 p.m. | Unter den Linden 14 | 10117 Berlin

Dear media representatives,
Germany's first museum about the Cold War opens its doors to visitors next Saturday, November 26. Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey will officially open the house.
We cordially invite you to the press and photo session at 4:00 pm. We would be pleased about your participation.

Please register using the enclosed registration form by e-mail only at:

Press contacts:
Bettina Melzer | 030 - 915 613 57 | 0163 - 575 1343 | Conrad Rausch | 030 - 915 613 57 | 0172 - 300 3380 |

Press release with contact form (PDF)