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Roads not Taken. Oder: Es hätte auch anders kommen können

An exhibition of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in cooperation with the Alfred Landecker Foundation

Pei Building, Basement

Current information on your visit

Starting from key dates in German history, the museum presents a look back(wards) at decisive historical events of the 19th and 20th centuries. It brings actual turning points face to face with what might have happened if it were not for various factors. Along 14 distinctive caesurae in the German history the probabilities of unrealised history – prevented by accidents, averted by misfires or other kinds of shortcomings – are explored: it is that which is known in the philosophy of history as contingency.

The course of these caesurae begins in 1989 with the Peaceful Revolution in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and ends in the year 1848, when Germany first tried to attempt a democratic awakening. The exhibition takes up retrospectively such topics as “Ostpolitik”, the building of the Wall, the Cold War, the assumption of power by the National Socialists, as well as revolution and democratisation at decisive points – and illustrates that history by no means had to end as it actually happened. In this way, milestones such as the Stalin Note of 1952, the Korean War in combination with the Berlin Airlift of 1948/49, the failed blasting of the bridge at Remagen in 1945, the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler in 1945, the deposal of Chancellor Brüning in 1932, the revolution of 1918, the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, or the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, appear in a new light.

This perspective, unusual for a history museum, should make it possible to see well-known facts in a new light and to encourage an understanding of the principal open-endedness of history as a result of constellations and decisions, actions and omissions.

Online tickets

Tickets can be purchased on site or online. Due to the change in our pricing structure, online tickets are currently only available until 31 January 2023. From 1 February they will be bookable again.

We recommend purchasing an online ticket with a time slot. Especially on weekends and holidays there may still be waiting times. The ticket is valid for all current exhibitions in the Pei Building. Please also show the online ticket at our ticket desk, as you will receive a sticker there that entitles you to visit our exhibitions. Tickets can only be booked six weeks in advance. Tickets for Guided Tours can be only purchased on-site.

On Berlin Museums Sunday, every first Sunday of the month admission is free. Tickets for this are available via the Museums Sunday website.

On 21 and 22 January 2023 admission is free.


Please note the applicable admission regulations and the current visitor regulations. The online ticket is offered with the support of visitBerlin. Accepted as a mobile ticket or printout: You will receive your ticket when you show it at the cash desk.

Please note that tickets cannot be refunded. The terms and conditions of visitBerlin apply. The booked time slot must be kept to. In case of technical booking problems please contact
visitBerlin. For questions about the reservation please contact verkauf@dhm.de

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