Allied Museum Berlin
The Allied Museum opened its permanent exhibition in 1998. It relates the history of the western powers in Berlin from the entry of British, American and French occupation troops in 1945 to the Allied withdrawal in 1994. Located in the heart of the former American sector in Berlin’s Zehlendorf district, it is housed in the US military cinema Outpost Theater and the Nicholson Memorial Library.
The airlift plane, the spy tunnel and the shed at Checkpoint Charlie – the Allied Museum recalls one of the most important chapters of recent Berlin history. After the victory over Nazi Germany and the arrival of Allied occupying troops in the summer of 1945, Berlin became a four-sector city and soon one of the main battlegrounds of the Cold War. The permanent exhibition ‘How Enemies Became Friends’ informs visitors about the presence of the western powers in Berlin and relations between the Allied troops and Berliners. Based on original objects, documents and photographs, the visitor learns how the western Allies shaped political and military events but also everyday life in Berlin. The Allied Museum’s permanent exhibition is housed in two historic buildings, which directly evoke the presence of Allied troops in Berlin. The first section, in the former US military cinema, the Outpost Theater, a listed building, illuminates the years 1945 to 1950. The topics addressed include the Allied victory at the end of the Second World War, the beginnings of the occupation and the western powers’ democratisation policy. The focus is on the Berlin Airlift during the Soviet blockade of 1948–49, which deeply changed the relationship between the Berlin population and the Allied occupying troops.
The second part of the permanent exhibition in the former Nicholson Memorial Library addresses the period 1951 to 1994. Important focus areas are the Cold War military confrontation between East and West, the work of the military liaison missions and intelligence services and the everyday life of soldiers. The exhibition also sheds light on developments surrounding German reunification in 1990, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the Allied armed forces in 1994.
Alongside the permanent exhibition, changing temporary exhibitions delve deeper into especially relevant themes. A comprehensive educational programme with overview and thematic guided tours, film screenings, neighbourhood walks and special activities for children rounds out the programme.
Unique Selling Points
• The Allied Museum was jointly founded in 1996 by the Federal Republic of Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA.
• The Allied Museum is located in the heart of the former American sector in Berlin and it is housed in the US military cinema Outpost Theater, a listed building, and the Nicholson Memorial Library.
• The Allied Museum is in possession of worldwide unique large-scale objects as the last guardhouse from Checkpoint Charlie and segments of the Berlin spy tunnel.
“The Allied Museum is an institution with an international orientation, jointly founded in 1996 by the Federal Republic of Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA. The Liberation Route Europe is an outstanding project for the further development and promotion of this transnational cooperation.”