House of History

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House of History

House of History in Bonn, exterior view (2011)
House of History in Bonn, exterior view (2011)
Archive type State Archives
Coordinates 50 ° 43 '3 "  N , 7 ° 7' 7.4"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 43 '3 "  N , 7 ° 7' 7.4"  E
place Bonn
Visitor address Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, 53113 Bonn
founding 1986 (opening 1994)
ISIL DE-MUS-319611
carrier Foundation House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany
Organizational form Foundation, endowment

The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Museum Mile in Bonn has been a museum on German contemporary history since 1945. With 850,000 visitors annually, it is one of the most popular museums in Germany. Just like the Contemporary History Forum Leipzig , the Tränenpalast at Friedrichstrasse station and the museum in the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin, the house is part of the House of History Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany . The seat of the foundation is in Bonn. Admission is free.


House of History in Bonn (2005)
Interior view (2014)
Entrance hall (2006)

In its permanent exhibition, the museum shows German history from 1945 to the present day and sets additional accents in numerous temporary and traveling exhibitions. After the structural revitalization of the Chancellor's bungalow between the Villa Hammerschmidt and the Palais Schaumburg (due to renovation work since August 2013, probably closed until 2022) not far from the museum, the former atrium residential building of various Chancellors has been looked after by the Foundation House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany since April 2009 , who also set up a permanent exhibition in the bungalow that provides information about the history of the building. The House of History organizes group tours and accompaniments through the Chancellor's bungalow, then through the former seat of the Federal Council and through the Palais Schaumburg, which visitors can also discover on a virtual tour.


Immediately after taking office, Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl demanded in his government declaration of October 13, 1982, "that a collection on German history since 1945, dedicated to the history of our state and the divided nation, should be created in the federal capital Bonn as soon as possible." he expressed his ideas in another government statement. In 1986, the implementation of this order began in Bonn with the construction of a historical collection, the planning of a permanent exhibition and the construction of the museum building. In 1990 the German Bundestag passed the law to establish an independent foundation under public law. The museum was opened on June 14, 1994 by Helmut Kohl. The first president of the foundation was Hermann Schäfer for almost 20 years , and in June 2007 his long-time deputy, Hans Walter Hütter, was elected as his successor.


The museum building was designed in 1985 by the architect couple Ingeborg and Hartmut Rüdiger from Braunschweig as part of a two-stage, open and nationwide federal architecture competition , after the first stage of which the first six participants were asked to revise their designs in 1986. In November 1986 the Rüdiger & Rüdiger office finally received the building contract. The Rheinlust excursion restaurant and a car dealership were previously located on the building site . The construction work began with the groundbreaking on September 21, 1989, the shell construction with the assembly of the construction cranes in April 1990. The topping-out ceremony was celebrated on June 27, 1991 and the new building was finally completed in June 1993, one year before the museum opened. The construction costs amounted to 115 million DM plus 15 million DM for the interior. The museum building has a total usable area of ​​around 22,000 m². Over 4,000 m² are available for the permanent exhibition and more than 800 m² for temporary exhibitions.

From March to November 2017, the glass roof, which had been leaking for a long time and was recently partially torn due to a construction defect, was replaced.

“The House of History sees itself as part of public space. It is conceived as a path, as a walk through contemporary history. The architecture consistently implements this concept. (...) In contrast to the cult sites of the Kunstmuseum and Bundeskunsthalle (...) the House of History is an inviting place. Its architecture looks unusual enough to be interesting. In turn, however, it does not seem so strange that the "everyday person" can be dissuaded from a visit. "

- Ingeborg flag (1994)

“The museum reflects transparent thinking, democratic diversity, it opens up to visitors. (...) [It] conveys the feeling of daring modernity, strict lines and design. Metal and glass, concrete and natural stone combine to form a harmonious unit, giving the whole thing resilience, width and the appearance of a bold construction. The house on Adenauerallee , integrated into Bonn's Museum Mile, sets an urban accent. "

- Oscar Schneider (1994)

"The building, which is convincing in terms of planning, has many shortcomings in the details."

- Andreas Denk (1997)

"[E] in construction, the architectural design of which cannot be conclusively classified from today's art-historical point of view, but whose characteristic, time-typical features can be easily identified."


The House of History is located on the national highway 9 at the Museum Mile in the federal district belonging Gronau , the former government quarter. A few meters to the south are the Bonn Art Museum and the Bundeskunsthalle , the museums are also part of the Museum Mile. These museums share the Heussallee / Museumsmeile underground station , located below the House of History , from which there is direct access to the museum's basement.

Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition in the House of History presents Germany's recent past from the end of World War II to the present. Over 4,000 m², more than 7,000 exhibits and 160 media stations illustrate contemporary German history in an international context. The tour of the exhibition is structured chronologically and encompasses all-German topics as well as the history of the divided nation.

The museum attaches particular importance to visitor orientation and a lively presentation of historical events. Under the motto “Experience history”, the concept consists of “setting the scene” for historical objects and thus bringing them to life for the visitors. This is also done using historical film and sound documents. While the political history of the Federal Republic of Germany and the GDR forms the central theme of the permanent exhibition, the presentation of everyday and cultural history enables visitors to grapple with their own past and also promotes dialogue between the generations. In addition to the exhibitions, numerous scientific conferences and events take place in the House of History in Bonn.

Information center

An information center with a reference library including an extensive media library enables the individual to deepen historical topics. The former library of the German Institute (Library for the History of the GDR) has belonged to the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany since January 1st, 1994 and is integrated into the information center. With an inventory of more than 180,000 volumes that has been continuously expanded for over 50 years, it is one of the leading collections on the history of the GDR and intra-German relations.


In July 2001, the first redesign of the permanent exhibition was completed, which focused on the theme of reunification . After preliminary planning from autumn 2007 and the renovation phase from October 2010, the second redesign of the permanent exhibition in the House of History was opened on May 23, 2011. The Cold War and the building of the Wall occupy a larger place in it than before. During this revision, well over half of the 4,000 m² area was redesigned, including the underground gallery in the basement . The renewed, updated permanent exhibition was reopened on December 11, 2017 by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier .

Pictures from the permanent exhibition
Redesigned end of the permanent exhibition


The House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany foundation is supported and financed by the Federal Republic of Germany. The four foundation bodies are the Board of Trustees, the Scientific Advisory Board, the Working Group of Social Groups and the President.

As the supervisory body, the Board of Trustees decides on the budget and the main features of the program design as well as on personnel decisions of major importance. It is made up of representatives of the parliamentary groups of the German Bundestag, the federal government and representatives from all federal states. The participation of the federal states takes their cultural sovereignty into account. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Günter Winands , Ministerial Director at the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. On June 18, 2013 , he was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees to succeed Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel , who has held the office since June 10, 2008.

The Scientific Advisory Board (Chairman Joachim Scholtyseck ) advises the Board of Trustees and the President of the Foundation within the framework of the statutory mandate, especially on the conceptual preparation of the temporary exhibitions and the work on the content of the permanent exhibition. The Scientific Advisory Board, which includes historians, political scientists, lawyers and museum experts, is an important guarantee for the foundation's independence from political influence.

The working group for social groups (chairwoman Regine Möbius ) sees itself as representing the interests of the visitors. A large number of socially relevant forces, including the major religious communities, employers 'and workers' associations, representatives of the Federal Immigration and Integration Council, the Central Council of Muslims, the German Women's Council, the German Cultural Council, the German Sports Association, the Association of Expellees, the German Federal Youth Council and the municipal umbrella organizations, bundle their interests within the working group, which advises both the board of trustees and the foundation president.

The president of the foundation, Hans Walter Hütter , runs the foundation's business and decides on all matters, unless the board of trustees is responsible for this.

Changing and traveling exhibitions

The House of History presents numerous temporary exhibitions on historically relevant, often lifeworld topics in its temporary exhibition hall (large exhibitions) and in the foyer of the house (small exhibitions). The temporary exhibitions are shown in Bonn and in the Contemporary History Forum Leipzig. Some of the exhibitions are conceived as traveling exhibitions from the start or subsequently modified and passed on to interested institutions.

Numerous temporary exhibitions developed into visitor magnets with more than 200,000 visits in Bonn. The House of History received special recognition for its temporary exhibition Flight, Expulsion, Integration (2005/2006), which dealt with the flight and expulsion of Germans as a result of the Second World War and their subsequent integration in the Federal Republic and the GDR. The exhibitions Pictures that Lie (1998/1999) and Pictures and Power in the 20th Century (2004) or the music shows Elvis in Germany (2004/2005) and Rock! Youth and Music in Germany (2006). Most recently, The American Way counted . The USA in Germany (2013/14) and Beloved. Second hand. Hated The Germans and their Cars (2017/18) to the most successful exhibitions of the house.

Since 2001, the Haus der Geschichte and, since 2002, the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig have shown the exhibition Rückblende , the winners of the competition for the best political photo and the best caricature, every year .

Overview of the temporary exhibitions since 1994
title Period Others
Pictures of Germany. The unified Germany in the caricature of the foreign country June 15, 1994 to October 9, 1994 First temporary exhibition
SpielZeitGeist. Games and toys are changing December 9, 1994 to April 17, 1995
Prisoners of War - Voennoplennye June 1, 1995 to October 8, 1995 Another exhibition station in Moscow
Germans see Germans November 3 to November 19, 1995 The exhibition was also shown at the Goethe Institute in Moscow
Fade in! - Youth photography in Germany from 1960 to 1995 November 15, 1995 to January 21, 1996
Views on Germany - Photographic portraits by Konrad Hoffmeister November 17, 1995 to January 1996
Approximations. Germans and Poles 1945–1995 March 8, 1996 to May 5, 1996 The exhibition was attended by German President Roman Herzog and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski presented
Finally holidays! The Germans travel June 6, 1996 to October 13, 1996
1936 - The Olympic Games and National Socialism November 14, 1996 to January 26, 1997 With films, documents and photos from more than 150 German and foreign archives
When Mickey Mouse came to Germany December 6, 1996 to January 12, 1997
We are who again . The fifties - photographs from the economic miracle January 31, 1997 to June 1, 1998 90 photographs by the Düsseldorf stock agency Schirner
Market or plan. Economic systems in Germany 1945–1961 March 14, 1997 to June 8, 1997
Jews in Germany Today - Photographs by Edward Serotta April 30 to May 30, 1997 Worldwide traveling exhibition
By the way - photographs of American soldiers in Germany July 11 to August 31, 1997
Unequal sisters? Women in East and West Germany October 9, 1997 to March 8, 1998 Another exhibition station in Dresden
... all hops! Post war street art December 12, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Combine: Nick Knatterton April 3 to May 3, 1998 Exhibition of the Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hanover
Vis à vis: Germany and France June 4, 1998 to September 20, 1998 Another exhibition station in Paris
Homeland Germany - photographs by Mehmet Üna June 17, 1998 to April 1999 Collection of portraits with related stories
Rheingold - a European luxury train July 31 to October 4, 1998 Exhibition of the DB Museum in Nuremberg
Images that lie November 27, 1998 to February 28, 1999
40 + 10. Fifty years of German history January 8, 1999 to February 6, 2000 Traveling exhibition of the House of History in 26 cities
Artificial temptation: Nylon - Perlon - Dederon April 23 to August 22, 1999
Clear views - photos from three generations 1945–1999. Willi, Dieter and Reto Klar May 4, 1999 to April 2000 Traveling exhibition
Unity and Law and Freedom - Ways of the Germans 1949–1999. May 25 to October 3, 1999 In the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin: Joint exhibition of the German Historical Museum , the House of History and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
Krauts - Fritz - Piefkes ...? Germany from the outside November 19, 1999 to March 26, 2000 Around 600 exhibits on a wide variety of associations associated with Germany
Divided - united - found - places of German history in the new federal states March 30, 2000 to May 7, 2000
Traces of power - the transformation of man through office. A long-term study. May 12 to September 3, 2000 Photographs by Herlinde Koelbl
East of Eden - From the GDR to Germany 1974–1999 May 24, 2000 to summer 2001 Photo exhibition
Return to a foreign country? Remigrants and radio in Germany 1945–1955 June 15 to July 30, 2000 Guest exhibition of the German Broadcasting Archive
Lindenstrasse August 8 to August 27, 2000 Selected props, costumes and other paraphernalia from the first 750 episodes of the series
Germany - Netherlands. Clear to cloudy November 22, 2000 to April 16, 2001 In collaboration with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Miss Germany - a beautiful story December 8, 2000 to February 25, 2001
Adenauer with spikes and edges January 10 to February 23, 2001
female lens: female photographers 1940 to 1950 May 18 to July 29, 2001 Works from different areas of work by known and previously unknown women
Celebrities in advertising - you know what you've got November 23, 2001 to April 7, 2002
Lili Marleen - A hit makes history December 7, 2001 to February 10, 2002
Pielert's panorama. Caricatures from Adenauer to Schröder April 4 to April 28, 2002
Embassies - 50 years of foreign buildings in the Federal Republic of Germany April 9 to April 28, 2002 The exhibition is a production of the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt
Youth: Teens and Twens between 1950 and 2000 September 27, 2001 to 2002 65 snapshots from the image archives of the German Press Agency (dpa)
Photo attack - Four generations of East German photographers May 15 to August 25, 2002
... and teaches all peoples ... The Bible: 2000 years up to date November 28, 2002 - February 14, 2003 Event by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung with a series of lectures and a presentation of selected Bibles
Leni Riefenstahl December 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003
On the seventh day. Sunday story October 25, 2002 to April 21, 2003
The pack: power and powerlessness of the media June 20, 2002 to April 27, 2003
Drawings by Helmuth Ellgaard - donated to the House of History April 10, 2003 to May 2, 2003 Helmuth Ellgaard's son Peter had given the House of History more than 250 works by the artist, who died in 1980
Outrageous luck - photos by Robert Lebeck May 13, 2003 to spring 2004
your history - our history May 14, 2003 to June 1, 2003 Photographs, video films and original sounds that document the everyday life of children and young people, families and old people in the cities
It's not always laughable - caricatures by Dieter Hanitzsch July 26th to August 31st, 2003
Duel in the dark. Espionage in divided Germany May 23, 2003 to October 5, 2003
Everyone is a stranger - almost everywhere November 19, 2003 to February 15, 2004 European traveling exhibition
Traces - Sledy - Germans and Russians in history December 3, 2003 to April 12, 2004 The exhibition was created in close cooperation with the Moscow State Historical Museum
Myths for millions April 20 to May 2, 2004 Guest exhibition
Images and Power in the 20th Century May 28, 2004 to October 17, 2004
Thank you! - Ten years of visitors to the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany from June 9, 2004 Almost nine million people from around the world have visited the Museum of Contemporary History since 1994
Mineral water - from goose wine to trendy drink October 5th to 17th, 2004 A guest exhibition by the Association of German Mineral Fountains in the foyer
Elvis in Germany November 21, 2004 to February 27, 2005
Near and far. Germans, Czechs and Slovaks December 3, 2004 to March 28, 2005
No panic. Udo Lindenberg's colorful republic April 30 to May 29, 2005
Friendly neighbors: Germany - Austria May 19 to October 23, 2005
Haneluja . Walter Hanel's caricatures 1965–2005 September 8 to September 28, 2005 The occasion was the artist's 75th birthday in September 2005
The bottom line - caricature and censorship in the GDR November 18, 2005 to March 5, 2006
Flight, displacement, integration December 3, 2005 to April 17, 2006
An American in Germany - Leonard Freed September 23, 2005 to May 21, 2006 Photographed in the style of the “classic” black and white report
Skirt! Youth and Music in Germany May 25 to October 22, 2006 Joint exhibition with the Federal Agency for Civic Education
Step by step. Chess - Society - Politics November 1, 2006 to February 11, 2007
over there. German Blickwechsel December 8, 2006 to April 9, 2007
The art of SPIEGEL . The originals of the SPIEGEL cover pictures March 14th to April 2nd, 2007 A guest exhibition in the foyer
Home and exile May 25, 2007 to October 14, 2007
The boat. History - Myth - Film November 16, 2007 to February 24, 2008
Scandals in Germany after 1945 December 12, 2007 to March 24, 2008
Wild times. Photographs by Günter Zint May 8, 2007 to May 18, 2008 Today Günter Zint is considered one of the most important chroniclers of the “wild” 60s and 70s
Melodies for Millions - The Century of Hit May 9, 2008 to October 5, 2008
Observations - The Parliamentary Council 1948/49. Photographs by Erna Wagner-Hehmke September 2, 2008 to October 5, 2008
To show the flag? The Germans and their national symbols December 5, 2008 to April 13, 2009
German is spoken - the contemporary German language December 12, 2008 to March 1, 2009
It's all about the pictures! June 13, 2008 to June 7, 2009 Election campaigns and everyday political life in Germany after 1945
Pictures in my head. Icons of contemporary history May 21 to October 11, 2009 Exhibition on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Basic Law in May 1949 in Bonn
Reflections. 40 places - 20 names June 26, 2009 to May 2010 Photographs from Germany by Dieter and Reto Klar
Loriot -The Homage September 19, 2009 to February 28, 2010 On the occasion of Loriot's 85th birthday: an exhibition by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum for Film and Television
The main thing is work. Change in the world of work after 1945 December 2, 2009 to April 5, 2010
We against us. Sport in divided Germany May 12 to October 10, 2010
And then the wall was gone - photographs by Gilles Peress September 22 to February 13, 2011
At 17… being young in Germany July 16, 2011 to April 9, 2012, extended to May 28, 2012
Jump in time - photographs by Thomas Hoepker July 1, 2011 to June 2012
Character. Language without words December 9, 2011 to April 15, 2012
Track reading. Photographs by Herlinde Koelbl July 5, 2012 to January 27, 2013
Muslims in Germany October 10, 2012 to June 2013
Science fiction in Germany November 23, 2012 to April 1, 2013
The American Way. The USA in Germany March 21, 2013 to February 2, 2014
we are we - Germans in East and West June 25, 2013 to June 2014 Photographs by Stefan Moses
Eat something?! Eating and drinking in Germany March 28, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Departure in the east June 28, 2014 to June 2015 Photographs by Harald Schmitt
Ceremony or picnic? German memorial days October 3, 2014 to April 6, 2015
Always more colorful. Immigration country Germany December 10, 2014 to August 9, 2015
Shameless? Changing Sexual Morals May 30, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Shalom. 3 photographers see Germany. Holger Biermann, Rafael Herlich , Benyamin Reich August 21, 2015 - June 2016
Negative pressure! Media and politics October 3, 2015 - April 17, 2016
Dream and sadness. About life in the record January 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016 Photographs by Harald Kirschner
Staged. German history in a feature film June 9, 2016 - January 15, 2017
My Germany. German Youth Photo Prize June 30, 2016 - October 16, 2016 An exhibition by the German Historical Museum , Berlin, and the German Children's and Youth Film Center, Remscheid
Comrades from tomorrow! Army of Unity July 6, 2016 - February 12, 2017
New old ones September 1, 2016 - July 15, 2017 Photographs by Ute Mahler , supplemented by installations by Edith Micansky
Home is a distant land. Photographs by Gundula Schulze Eldowy November 18, 2016 - April 2, 2017
Loved. Second hand. Hated The Germans and their cars March 10, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Revolt! Photographs by Ludwig Binder June 30, 2017 - March 11, 2018
My club September 6, 2017 - March 4, 2018
Desolate land. Photographs J Henry Fair / Trash-People HA Schult November 3, 2017 - April 22, 2018
German myths since 1945 March 16, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Cold War relics. Photographs by Martin Roemers May 16, 2018 - August 26, 2018
Fear. A German emotional state? October 10, 2018 - May 19, 2019
Made in England. Photographs by Peter Dench December 7, 2018 - November 10, 2019
Very British. A German look July 10, 2019 - March 2020
Pointed. Chancellor in the cartoon. September 25, 2019 - May 10, 2020

LeMO - Living Museum Online

The Lebendige Museum Online (LeMO) is the online portal on German history. It is operated by the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Historical Museum in cooperation with the Federal Archives . LeMO covers the period from the 19th century to the present. The online portal offers information and materials on German history in the form of object images, contemporary witness reports, overview and in-depth texts, as well as a large number of original photo and film documents. There are also biographies of politicians, artists, scientists and other special personalities in contemporary history. The annual chronicles provide a quick overview of every year since 1815. In the “LeMO learning” category, didactic materials are made available that can be used in school or as preparation and follow-up for a visit to a museum.

Contemporary witness portal

Since July 2017 can access the online platform witnesses portal around 8,000 video clips with reports of contemporary witnesses and witnesses be called. Most of the current eyewitness reports come from the project “ Our History. Das Gedächtnis der Nation eV ”, whose holdings have been transferred to the foundation. The contemporary witness portal was initiated by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media , Monika Grütters . The aim of the project is to secure existing eyewitness interviews, to make them available online in order to broaden new perspectives and thus preserve memories for future generations.


Since its opening, the House of History has received numerous awards for its work. The clearest judgment for the quality of the museum was recommendation 1283 of the Council of Europe from 1996 to build national history museums all over Europe based on the model of the House of History in Bonn.

  • The contemporary witness portal of the Haus der Geschichte foundation was awarded the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” in 2018. This makes the project one of the best in communication design in this competition. In addition, the portal has already received the Annual Media Award, the iF Design Award and the German Brand Award.
  • In 2012 the foundation received the “Certificate of Excellence” from Tripadvisor.
  • For the relaunch of the Lebendiges Museum Online (LeMO) online portal , the House of History Foundation was awarded the Master of Excellence in 2014 as part of the international Corporate Media competition. There she also received the special Master of Communication Europe award for repeated awards for online projects of the foundation.
  • For the internet portal Places of Repression in Soviet Zone and GDR , the House of History received the Master of Excellence award in the international Corporate Media 2011 competition .
  • In 2002 the 360 ​​° video tour became history. On the way in the Museum of Contemporary History and in 2000 the Internet project Lebendiges Museum Online (LeMO) was awarded the Master of Excellence in the category of new media-supported communication concepts by Corporate Media.
  • 1995 the Museum Prize of the Council of Europe

Roman cellar

When construction began on the House of History in 1989, archaeologists came across a well-preserved Roman cellar from the 2nd century AD. Numerous finds from Roman Bonn were secured. Possibly it is the storage cellar of a tavern or cookshop that belonged to the civil settlement, the " vicus bonnensis ".

Between the 1st and 3rd centuries there was a Roman settlement on the area of ​​the former government district in Bonn. During the construction work on the World Conference Center Bonn , parts of other buildings were discovered in 2006, including a thermal bath and a Gallo-Roman temple . These finds also gave new meaning to the Roman cellar in the House of History: They do not just come from a small craft settlement; rather, they show the first urban structures.

The Roman cellar is integrated into the museum building and is intended to illustrate the ancient foundation on which European history is based in many things to this day.


On June 6, 2019 for the first time , Deutsche Post AG issued a postage stamp with a face value of 260 euro cents to mark the 25th anniversary of the Haus der Geschichte . The design comes from the graphic artist Stefan Guzy from Berlin.

See also

Publications (selection)

  • Foundation House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Hrsg.): Our story. Germany since 1945 , Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2012, ISBN 978-3-86678-763-6 .
  • Dies./Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig (Ed.): Democracy now or never! Dictatorship resistance everyday. 2nd, comprehensively revised and updated edition. Leipzig 2008, ISBN 978-3-361-00644-7 .
  • This. (Ed.): Report 2015–2016. Bonn 2016.
  • This. (Ed.): Always more colorful. Immigration country Germany (= book accompanying the exhibition of the same name), Nünnerich-Asmus Verlag & Media GmbH, Mainz 2014, ISBN 978-3-94390-492-5 .
  • This. (Ed.): Under pressure! Media and Politics (= book accompanying the exhibition of the same name), Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2014, ISBN 978-3-7356-0045-5 .
  • This. (Ed.): German Myths since 1945 (= book accompanying the exhibition of the same name), Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2016, ISBN 978-3-7356-0274-9 .
  • This. (Ed.): Staged. German history in feature films (= book accompanying the exhibition of the same name), Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2016, ISBN 978-3-7356-0273-2 .
  • This. (Ed.): Beloved. Second hand. Hated The Germans and their cars. (= Book accompanying the exhibition of the same name), Sandstein Verlag, Dresden 2017, ISBN 978-3-95498-298-1 .

Examples from the series Zeitgeschichte (n) , in which the Foundation's exhibits and exhibitions are presented:

  • The Federal Chancellery in Berlin. In a place with history , ed. from the Foundation House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2017.
  • Everyday life in the GDR. Museum in the Kulturbrauerei , ed. from the Foundation House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2017.
  • Palace of Tears. Place of division of Germany , ed. by the Foundation for the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2015. 2017 also published in English.
  • Roman cellar. New finds-new questions , ed. from the Foundation House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2015.
  • Palais Schaumburg, From the Villa to the Chancellor's Seat , ed. by the Foundation for the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2013.
  • Salon car 10205. From the rails to the museum , ed. by the House of History Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany, 4th edition, Bonn 2007.
  • Vespa & Co. Scooters in the House of History , ed. by the Foundation for the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2004.
  • VW Beetle ... and runs and runs and runs , ed. by the Foundation for the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2005.
  • Adenauer 300th history of a company car , ed. from the Foundation House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2nd revised edition, Bonn 2003.


(in chronological order)

  • Ulrich Löber: House of History in Bonn. In: Museumskunde 49, Heft 3 (1984), pp. 189–196.
  • The Federal Minister for Spatial Planning, Building and Urban Development (Hrsg.): House of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Bonn 1993.
  • Foundation House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany , Ingeborg Flagge (Hrsg.): House of History: the architecture of the new museum for contemporary history. Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1994, ISBN 978-3-7857-0756-2 .
  • Gerhard Schneider: An age to visit! Post-war history as a world of memory in the House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. In: History in Science and Education 46/4 (1995), pp. 223-234.
  • Andreas Denk , Ingeborg flag: Architectural guide Bonn. Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-496-01150-5 , p. 87.
  • Wiebke Seitz: Multiple perspectives. The representation of the German reunification in the House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. Norderstedt 2003.
  • Hans Walter Hütter : Lively remembrance - conveying contemporary history as a task. In: Bernd Wagner / Institute for Cultural Policy of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft eV (Ed.): Yearbook for Cultural Policy 2009, Volume 9: Cultures of Remembrance and Politics of History. Bonn 2009, pp. 333–339.
  • Hans Walter Hütter : Remembrance, commemoration and history politics of the federal government in the federal system of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Ines Härtel (Ed.), Handbuch Föderalismus - Federalism as a democratic legal order and legal culture in Europe and the world. (= Areas of development of federalism, volume III). Heidelberg u. a. 2012, ISBN 978-3-642-01573-1 , pp. 695-716.
  • Martin Bredenbeck : House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Bredenbeck, Moneke, Neubacher (Hrsg.): Building for the Federal Capital (= Edition Critical Edition, Volume 2). Weidle Verlag, Bonn 2011, ISBN 978-3-938803-41-7 , pp. 129-131.
  • Michael Jürgs : Who we were, who we are. How Germans experience their history. Bertelsmann Verlag, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-5701-0251-0 .
  • Thomas Hertfelder : A master story of democracy? The big exhibition halls of the federal government. In the S. u. a. (Ed.): Remembering Democracy in Germany - History of Democracy in Museums and Memorials in the Federal Republic of Germany. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-525-30093-0 , pp. 139–178.

Web links

Commons : Haus der Geschichte Bonn  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Press release of the Foundation of January 15, 2009, quoted in the Bonner General-Anzeiger, January 16, 2009, p. 14.
  2. ↑ Briefing by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media - update of the federal memorial site concept: taking responsibility, intensifying the reappraisal, deepening commemoration, printed matter 16/9875, p. 8 . German Bundestag . June 19, 2008. Accessed September 2012.
  3. To the online panorama Palais Schaumburg , accessed on September 18, 2018.
  4. German Bundestag (Ed.), Stenographic Report, 9th electoral period, 121st session of October 13, 1982, submission of a declaration by the Federal Government, p. 7227. (online at: btp / 09 / 09121.pdf )
  5. The Lord Mayor of Bonn (Ed.); Friedrich Busmann : From the parliament and government district to the federal district. A Bonn development measure 1974-2004 . Bonn, June 2004, p. 45.
  6. Karl-Heinz van Kaldenkerken , Oberstadtdirektor Bonn (ed.); Friedrich Busmann: Expansion of the federal capital. 10 years capital city agreement 1975–1985 . Bonn 1986, p. 72.
  7. ^ Foundation House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ingeborg Flagge (Hrsg.): House of History: the architecture of the new museum for contemporary history . P. 139.
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