The Berlin Wall Museum (Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) tells the history of the Berlin wall, along with stories about the numerous escape attempts that were made by people in the east.
It opened in 1962 as an exhibition in a small apartment along Bernauer Strasse. This well known street was divided by the Berlin Wall along its entire length. On one side, vacated apartments stood with bricked up windows and on the other side normal apartments, one of which housed this museum.
The museum moved to its current location about one year after opening, directly beside the famous crossing point "Checkpoint Charlie". From this location, escape helpers could observe the border crossing, and provide any assistance necessary to support the escapees from East Germany.
The museum today details the entire history of the wall. Arguably the most interesting exhibits are those detailing the escape attempts. The Berlin Wall Museum houses many of the original contraptions used to get across the border, including hot air balloons, crude hang gliders, and even a small submarine.
The museum also displays works of arts relating to the wall, and in the museum shop visitors can even buy an original piece of the wall.
The Berlin Wall Museum is one of Berlin's most popular attractions. Due to this, and the fact that the museum housed in a relatively small amount of space, it can get reasonably full quite quickly. It is recommended to visit the museum in the early morning to avoid most of the crowds, especially during peak season.
The Museum is located beside "Checkpoint Charlie", with the closest U-Bahn station being Kochstrasse on the U6 or Stadtmitte on the U2. It is open every day of the week from 9am until 10pm. Guided tours run by guides with firsthand experience of the Berlin Wall are available, but an appointment must be made ahead of time.
Berlin Wall Museum Reviews
For those with an interest in history or just wanting to learn more about life behind the Berlin Wall, don't miss this museum. There is a lot of stuff crammed into the place and it will take quite a while to make your way through the whole museum. Make sure you give yourself enough time because there is a lot to see and read. It also gets quite crowded.
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