Johann Valentin Haidt, First Fruits, 1748 Unitätsarchiv der Evangelischen Brüder-Unität, Herrnhut; Unitätsarchiv: GS 463

The Luther Effect

Protestantism – 500 Years in the World

12 April to 5 November 2017

An exhibition of Deutsches Historisches Museum at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin

For the first time an exhibition will illustrate the global diversity and effective history of Protestantism, but also its potential for engendering conflict between different cultures.

What traces of Protestantism can be found in other denominations, religions and concepts of life? How did it change itself through these encounters – and not least of all, in what ways have people adopted and appropriated the Protestant doctrine, how have they shaped it and lived it? The exhibition "The Luther Effect" tells a global story of effect and counter-effect that begins around 1500 and continues on into the present. It is depicted using the examples of Germany and Europe 1450–1600, Sweden 1500–1750, North America 1600–1900, Korea 1850–2000 and present-day Tanzania.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum is presenting the exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau on a area of some 3,000 m² and bringing together outstanding exponents from national and international lenders, many of which have never before been displayed in Germany. Supplementing the exhibition are numerous cultural and educational events and fringe programmes. A richly illustrated catalogue will also be published.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum’s presentation is one of the special national exhibitions commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the year 2017. Besides Berlin, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media is supporting the exhibitions in Torgau (2015), the Wartburg in Eisenach and the "Lutherstadt" Wittenberg. The exhibitions are under the patronage of Federal President.

The German Savings Banks Finance Group is the principal sponsor of the exhibition "The Luther Effect. Protestantism – 500 Years in the World". Institutions of the Savings Banks Finance Group in Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony support further projects within the framework of the Reformation decade.

Pictures of the exhibition

Access route

Niederkirchnerstr. 7
10963 Berlin

Map / getting there

Opening hours

Wednesday to Monday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
Open on October 3 and 31, 2017
The ticket office closes at 6:30 p.m.


Individual ticket: 12 euros
Reduced ticket (free admission up to age 16): 8 euros
Group ticket (10 persons or more): 10 euros p.p. (plus 75 euros for booked tour, if applicable)
Individual combiticket (one visit each to the national special exhibitions in Berlin, Eisenach and Wittenberg): 24 euros
Group combiticket: (10 persons or more): 21 euros p.p.

Tip: Admission to the exhibition "The Luther Effect" is free of charge during the German Protestant Convention (Evangelischer Kirchentag) from May 24 – 28, 2017.

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Multimedia guide

Multimedia guide for children and adults in German and English

Available free of charge

Flyer "The Luther Effect. Protestantism - 500 Years in the World"

Download (PDF)

Opening hours

Wednesday to Monday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays

Open on October 3 and 31, 2017

The ticket office closes at 6:30 p.m.


Free up to 16 years
€ 12, reduced € 8

Tour booking

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
tel +49 30 20304 -750 / -751
fax +49 30 20304 759

Museum shop


In Deutsches Historisches Museum

Cedon MuseumShop
Tel. +49 30 20304-621


All entrances are wheelchair accessible

Public transport

lines S1, S2, S25 (stops: Potsdamer Platz or Anhalter Bahnhof)

line U2 (stop: Potsdamer Platz)

200 (stop: Potsdamer Platz), M29 (stop: S Anhalter Bahnhof), M41 (stop: Abgeordnetenhaus)


Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

tel +49 30 20304 -750 / -751
fax +49 30 20304 759