German Colonial History: On its New Design in the Permanent Exhibition

With the reopening of the Permanent Exhibition on 1 July 2020 the Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM) is presenting a new section on Germany’s colonial history. In the face of the intensive discussions about German colonial history and the controversies about the way museums have dealt with the colonial legacy, it was important for the DHM to revise this section even before the Permanent Exhibition is soon to be closed for a general renovation. Dr Stephanie Neuner, head of the Permanent Exhibition, describes the approach to this new presentation, which she sees as a first step in a further revision of a future Permanent Exhibition.