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Children at the house of history in Bonn, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn Rhein-Sieg Ahrweiler

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.


Open­ing hours:

Tues­day to Fri­day: 9 am to 7 pm
Sat­urday, Sunday and pub­lic hol­i­days: 10 am to 6 pm

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Der Museumsgarten am Haus der Geschichte, © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Axel Thünker
Die Ausstellungen Haus der Geschichte bieten Vergangenheit zum Anfassen, © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Axel Thünker
Das Haus der Geschichte in Bonn, © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Axel Thünker
Children at the house of history in Bonn, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn Rhein-Sieg Ahrweiler

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