A Day At The Zeughaus — The German Historical Museum in Berlin

We weren’t sure what to expect when we visited the German Historical Museum in Berlin, more correctly known by the actual name Deutsches Historisches Museum on the wonderful street, Unter den Linden. The charming street name translates to under the linden trees.

The museum is housed in an equally historical building, the Zeughaus — the oldest building on Unter den Linden and a former arsenal built between 1695 and 1730 in the Baroque architectural style.

Although ancient and relatively contemporary history is always interesting, both of us are quite curious about the historical periods from the 1920s through the 1940s — and this museum certainly didn’t let us down in that regard. It has halls full of information, remnants of those decades gone by, and a large collection on the emergence of the German Third Reich. Below is a small selection of what is on display.

The next TWO articles after this one will have a very specific theme. They will be photo essays of original World War II proganda posters distributed by the Nazi government of the time. So do come back and see some of that artwork that is rarely seen outside of Europe.

 

The courtyard of the German Historical Museum, established in the historic Zeughaus building, contains an I.M. Pei designed roofline over the large courtyard.

The courtyard of the German Historical Museum, established in the historic Zeughaus building, contains an I.M. Pei designed roofline over the large courtyard.


 
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A vintage petrol pump from the 1920s-40s.

A vintage petrol pump from the 1920s-40s.


 
Vintage motorcycle

Pre-World War II motorcycle


 
Vintage coffee set

Complete coffee set


 
A display of vintage lingerie and clothing is right next to a display filled with old typewriters!

Rather oddly — a display of vintage lingerie and clothing is right next to a display filled with old typewriters!


 
Sailor ceramic statue -- advertising art.

Sailor ceramic statue — advertising art.


 
A poster for the 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece film -- Metropolis.

A poster for the 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece film — Metropolis.


 
Row of German uniform jackets with a swastika on each of them.

Row of German uniform jackets with a swastika on each of them.


 

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