Democracy 2019

Tour booking

60 minutes
€ 75 plus admission
Tours can be booked in German, English, French and Spanish

Democracy Lab
From 8 March until 4 August 2019

What do a protester’s placard, a bag of empty (returnable) bottles and a Mesut Özil German national team fan shirt have to do with democracy? The Democracy Laboratory is a participatory exhibition that allows visitors to actively discuss such questions. They will be encouraged to reflect on how societal / political participation and cohabitation should look in both present-day and future Germany. Seven rooms offer an introduction to topics such as voting, civil society, basic rights, social justice, the media, citizenship, and state violence. The laboratory offers not only an insight into the histories of original artefacts. It also provides a space within which to approach the subject of democracy in a participatory and hands-on way.

Weimar: The Essence and Value of Democracy
From 4 April until 22 September 2019

The tour locates the question „what is democracy?” within the historical example of the Weimar Republic. Focusing on this question allows the revolutionary roots of democracy as well as political inclusion, particularly of women and the working class as a result of the Universal Franchise, to be emphasized. How the Weimar Republic grappled with what democracy is - and could become - is illuminated through a dialogue-based tour centered on original objects. It allows a discussion not only on how essential democratic moments were formed, but also how they were called into question and fought. Today, when democracy needs once again to be re-defined, this tour offers a new narrative of the history and histories of Weimar.

From the Weimar Republic to the Nazi Regime (1918–1945)
Permanently bookable

Intense disputes regarding Germany‘s role in the First World War, the country’s defeat and the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles cast a shadow over Germany’s first parliamentary democracy: the Weimar Republic. The situation stabilises after the turbulent hyperinflation of 1923. A plethora of objects bear witness to the liberalisation of society and the population’s changing leisure and consumption habits in the “Golden Twenties”. The world economic crisis and the political radicalisation of the German populace lead to the demise of the republic. In 1933, Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor. Propaganda materials and artefacts of the early persecution of social minorities cast light on the rise of a National Socialist dictatorship. With the invasion of Poland and the start of the Second World War, the National Socialist policies of persecution and destruction intensify. The tour concludes with US film material documenting the scale of the devastation of German cities in the immediate post-war period.


Tel. +49 30 20304-750/-751
Fax +49 30 20304-759