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.
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.