The city makes history!


From 1 December, the Stadtmuseum Berlin will be presenting its newly revised permanent exhibition “BerlinZEIT – Die Stadt macht Geschichte!” at the Museum Ephraim-Palais.

Museum Ephraim-Palais
Poststrasse 16
10178 Berlin

Opening Hours
Tue – Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon closed

Special opening/closing times
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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

In the much-visited Nikolai Quarter, the exhibition offers visitors from Berlin, Germany and around the world an entertaining tour of discovery through the centuries and at the same time a comprehensive overview of the sometimes revolutionary events in this city. It takes visitors on a journey through time from the founding of Berlin to the present day and beyond, along formative periods and highlighting years. Berlin is told in an easily understandable and compact way using numerous original objects 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.

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.

Info & Service


Di – So | 10 – 18 Uhr
Mo geschlossen

Sonderöffnungs-/ schließzeiten

So- | 24.12. (Heiligabend) | geschlossen
Mo | 25.12. (1. Weihnachtsfeiertag) | 14 – 18 Uhr
Di | 26.12. (2. Weihnachtsfeiertag) | 14 – 18 Uhr
So | 31.12. (Silvester) | geschlossen
Mo | 01.01. (Neujahr) | 14 – 18 Uhr


Poststraße 16
10178 Berlin


030 240 02 – 162
Mo – Fr | 10 – 18 Uhr
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