Photo. Visitors at the opening of the exhibition, 'Drawings by Refugee Children,' August 29, 1953
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Permanent Exhibition

Flight in Divided Germany

The exhibition, “Flight in Divided Germany” comprises seven thematic areas. Find out more…

Reasons for Leaving

... explains the diverse reasons that led Germans to flee East Germany for West Germany from 1949 to 1990.


Ways to the West

... describes the conditions, routes and forms of flight during several phases of East German history and the history of the inner-German border.


The Emergency Reception Procedure

... explains the legal framework and the day-to-day practice of the reception procedure for refugees and emigrants from East Germany.


The Refugee Center

... traces the history of the refugee camp in the Berlin district of Marienfelde. It also provides insights into the organisation of the camp and the lived experience of the camp from the residents’ perspective.


“Enemy Object” Marienfelde

... examines the role and influence of the Ministry for State Security of East Germany (better known as the Stasi) at the Marienfelde Refugee Centre.


Arrival in the West

... explains the policy and practice of integration starting in the 1950s. It contrasts the political claims of the time with the actual experiences of East German refugees.


The Artistic Perspective

... shows how artists have treated the topic of flight and emigration from East Germany.


Apartment for Refugees

At the conclusion of the permanent exhibition, a reconstructed apartment for refugees, completed with original furniture from the 1950s, offers some insight into the living conditions endured by those who passed through Marienfelde.


Opening Hours

From 19 June 2020
Friday to Sunday
11 a.m - 5 p.m.
Admission is free

Guided Tours

Due to the Corona Pandemic, there will be no guided tours until further notice.