The city makes history!


In the Ephraim-Palais Museum, the Stadtmuseum Berlin presents its newly revised permanent exhibition “BerlinZEIT – Die Stadt macht Geschichte!”

Museum Ephraim-Palais
Poststrasse 16
10178 Berlin

Opening Hours
Tue – Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (also on public holidays)
Mon closed (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday)

7 Euro / 4 Euro (reduced) | up to 18 years free admission

10 Euro / 6 Euro (reduced)

Valid on two consecutive days for the Museum Nikolaikirche and the Museum Ephraim-Palais.

A city of diversity, disruption and change

Along formative periods and highlighting specific years the exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery through eight centuries – from the founding of Berlin to the present day and beyond. With numerous original objects from the city’s past Berlin is presented in an easily understandable and compact way as a city of diversity and openness, but also as a city of ruptures and radical change.

hree guiding principles characterise the newly designed and conceptually enhanced permanent exhibition: urban development through growth and destruction, tolerance and persecution, rule and co-determination. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the period from the formation of Berlin eight hundred years ago to the November Revolution of 1918, while the first floor looks at Berlin as it grew into a metropolis, from its expansion into the surrounding area in 1920 to the present day.

The staircase in the Museum Ephraim-Palais
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Photo: Sandra Weller
The narrative arc within these time periods is chronological, but visitors can decide for themselves where they want to immerse themselves in the city’s eventful history. Various media and activation stations offer access to selected content in a variety of ways – including interviews with Berlin players from the 1990s in politics, business and culture. Other stations take an in-depth look at topics such as anti-Semitism, women’s rights and gay and lesbian emancipation. A bilingual audio guide accompanies the exhibition.

The reason for the presentation of “BerlinZEIT” in the Museum Ephraim-Palais is the comprehensive renovation of the Märkisches Museum, the traditional location of the Stadtmuseum Berlin for permanent exhibitions on Berlin’s history, which will take several years. Once the modernisation of the neighbouring Marinehaus has been completed, both buildings will form the heart of a museum and creative quarter in Köllnischer Park in a few years’ time.


Take a look inside the exhibition!

Complementary offers

At various points in “BerlinZEIT”, open spaces will leave room to show further diverse perspectives on Berlin’s diverse urban society in the future. A separate programme of events for the exhibition will also be developed from these open spaces. The third floor of the Museum Ephraim-Palais offers additional space for supplementary presentations or independent special exhibitions.

The permanent exhibition makes the Nikolai Quarter the central location for exploring Berlin’s city history: Directly opposite the Museum Ephraim-Palais, the Museum Knoblauchhaus is dedicated to Berlin life in the Biedermeier period. Just a few metres away, the Museum Nikolaikirche focuses on the medieval building and the beginnings of Berlin.

What the press says
“The new exhibition […] opens the view from the founding of the city to the present day into many, usually hidden city layers and city histories. Last but not least, it shows subtle humour in appropriate places.”
Berliner Zeitung

Info & Service

Opening Hours

Tue – Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (also on public holidays)
Mon closed (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday)


Poststraße 16
10178 Berlin


+49 30 24 002-162
Mo – Fri | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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The Ephraim-Palais is accessible without steps. All exhibition areas are accessible via an elevator. There are barrier-free toilets in the building.



15 euros
Valid for our three museums in the Nikolaiviertel (Museum Nikolaikirche, Museum Ephraim-Palais, Museum Knoblauchhaus) on two consecutive days (please note opening hours)

Single Ticket
7 euros
Day ticket for the Museum Ephraim-Palais

Free admission
With proof of reduction

For children & young people under 18, students, trainees, FSJ/FÖJ/BFD volunteers, Berlin-Ticket-S holders, severely disabled persons (with mark B) & accompanying person, refugees (with valid work or residence permit /eAT and Ukrainian passport or valid residence permit from Ukraine), recipients of residence permit /eAT and Ukrainian passport or valid residence permit from Ukraine), recipients of transfer benefits (citizen’s allowance, ALG I), holders of the Berlin-Brandenburg volunteer card, holders of the Super Holiday Pass / Berlin Family Pass, ICOM members, members of the German Museums Association, KulturPass holders, media representatives with a valid press card
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Free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of every month!

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