Photo. An art class for refugee children of the Curvy Street Center in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg, May 1953
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The former Marienfelde Refugee Center is not only a memorial site, but also a place of learning, reflection and discussion. We offer a diverse program to school and youth groups. This program extends from an escorted tour of the permanent exhibition to activity-oriented project work lasting several hours.

Our authentic site and permanent exhibition invites pupils to actively engage history. Our broad spectrum of themes and materials introduces manifold conceptual and methodological entry points to Germany’s history from 1945 to 1990, connecting this history to today’s concerns.

  • At Marienfelde, the post-war conflict between East and West becomes tangible, in both its inner-German and international dimensions.
  • The story of flight and emigration described at Marienfelde makes it clear that the histories of East and West Germany cannot merely be told individually. Rather, they must be understood in relationship with one another.
  • Studying the story of flight and emigration told at Marienfelde makes abundantly clear the significance of such fundamental rights as free elections, freedom of opinion, and the freedom of movement, both for society at large and for individual people.
  • The former refugee camp is a place where an understanding of the origins, course, and problems of today’s migration movements is promoted.

Here you can learn more about the educational programming at our museum.

We look forward to your visit!

Corona Pandemic

Due to the current spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19, there will be no guided tours, seminars or events at the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum until further notice. We sincerely regret the circumstances and apologize for any inconvenience!



Kathrin Steinhausen
Museum Education Officer
Fon: +49 (0)30 213085-203
E-mail K. Steinhausen