Welcome to the website of the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum – the central site dedicated to the history of flight and emigration in divided Germany.

Between 1949 and 1990, about four million people left East Germany (the GDR) for West Germany (the FRG), with 1.35 milllion of them passing through the Marienfelde Refugee Center in Berlin. The Marienfelde Refugee Center, which was opened in 1953, supplied refugees with housing and provisions, and was also where refugees completed the official procedure to receive residency permits for West Germany and West Berlin.

Located on the historic site of the Refugee Center, the museum preserves and memorializes the causes, process, and consequences of inner-German flight, exploring not only flight from the GDR itself, but also the offical process of emigration and the subsequent integration of refugees into the FRG. Marienfelde invites you to discover more about this history through its permanent and temporary exhibitions, diverse educational programs, special events, and research projects.

We hope you will find the website interesting and informative, and we look forward to your visit!

Object of the Month

Desperation or illness?
Every month we present a new “Object of the Month.”
Only objects that are not included in our permanent exhibit are shown, so that viewers can get an idea of our interesting and diverse collection.

January's Object of the Month

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Marienfelder Allee 66-80
12277 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 7500 8400
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Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission is free