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.

Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum

Object of the Month

Flight to Sandbostel
Every month we present a new object from our collections that is not shown in our permanent exhibition. more

Online Exhibition

Risking Freedom - online exhibition
"Risking Freedom - Helping East Germans Escape, 1961-1989" www.risking-freedom.de

Visiting the museum with a group

Would you like to visit the permanent exhibition of the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museumm with a group? We offer guided tours for adults and children more

Educational services

The former Marienfelde Refugee Center is not only a memorial site, but also a place of learning, reflection and discussion. We offer a diverse program to school and youth groups. more


Flight in Divided Germany - exhibition flyer