The buildings

The Deutsches Historisches Museum presents its exhibitions in two buildings: the unique Baroque Zeughaus (armoury) on the avenue Unter den Linden and the adjacent modern PEI building designed by the Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei.

The 300-year-old Zeughaus is the most important extant Baroque building in Berlin and the oldest building on Unter den Linden. Four architects were responsible for developing the Zeughaus from 1695 until its final utilisation in 1729: Johann Arnold Nering (1659-1695), Martin Grünberg (1655-1706), Andreas Schlüter (1659-1714) and Jean de Bodt (1670-1745). The Zeughaus owes it special place in art history not least of all to the outstanding quality of its sculptural works. The most famous ones are the 22 keystones that Andreas Schlüter created as masks of the giants for the inner courtyard.

The Exhibition Hall of I.M. Pei can be reached by passing through the inner courtyard. Transparency, light and movement are the architectonic programme of this urban masterpiece with its impressive perspectives and spatial interconnections. By constructing sight lines from one building to the other, I.M. Pei has created an architectonic correspondence between past and present.

Zeughaus, Zeughaushof and PEI building