House of history in Bonn
German history from the post-war era to the present day
Adenauer’s Mercedes, a 1950s cinema and a railway car – this Bonn museum lets visitors experience German history first-hand.
Bonn’s Haus der Geschichte (House of History) is one of the most popular and most visited museums in Germany. Around 850,000 visitors flock to Bonn every year to marvel at German history from the post-war era to the present day. Background and context are presented with interactive media stations, historic film and audio recordings, and thousands of other exhibits: the permanent exhibition contains exhibits from the history of German politics, economy, culture and everyday life since 1945, presented in chronological order. These include exhibits such as the German Chancellor’s railway saloon car, Konrad Adenauer’s government Mercedes, parliamentary benches from the old Bonn chamber, and a 1950s cinema.
As well as the popular permanent exhibition, the Haus der Geschichte offers a number of temporary and touring exhibitions covering a variety of topics. On the opposite side of the Museum Mile, the museum also operates a caricature gallery, which contains one of the largest known collections of political caricatures.
The Haus der Geschichte also organises guided tours of the former government district, Palais Schaumberg and the Chancellor’s Bungalow.
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 6 pm