Photo. Visitors at the opening of the exhibition, 'Drawings by Refugee Children,' August 29, 1953
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With its permanent exhibition covering the years 1949 to 1990, the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum invites you to discover the history of Germany’s post-war division and the accompanying inner-German movement of peoples. The exhibition is housed in what was the main building of the former refugee centre. Located here were waiting rooms for the refugees and ethnic German emigrants, as well as offices for the agencies involved in the reception procedure.

Covering roughly 450 square meters with more than 900 objects – and supplemented by eyewitness accounts – the exhibition vividly describes the reasons for leaving, escape routes, as well as the opportunities and problems associated with a new start in West Germany. In addition, the visitor may learn about the history of the reception centre from its beginnings to the present-day: from the course of the reception procedure to the everyday life of the residents, right up to surveillance carried out by the East German secret police, the Stasi. A refugee apartment, furnished with original objects from the time, completes our presentation of flight in divided Germany.

The spectrum of topics addressed in the permanent exhibition are regularly enlarged upon in special exhibitions.


Opening Hours

Thursday to Sunday
11 a.m - 5 p.m.
Admission is free

Guided Tours

Detailed infromation about our guided tours can be found here