Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

Das NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Foto: Jens Weber
Foto: Jens Weber

Learning and memorial place at Königsplatz

A striking symbol of remembrance: The Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism (NS-Dokumentationszentrum) in Brienner Straße is designed as a place of learning. It is located on the historic site of the "Brown House", the former party headquarters of the National Socialist Party (NSDAP) in Munich.

Free admission until September 2020

The NS Documentation Center Munich offers free admission until September 9, 2020 as a sign for democracy and against forgetting. The campaign was originally introduced for the European elections in May 2019 and was extended for over a year will. The occasion was prompted by some election slogans, which showed that the confrontation with history and especially with the period of National Socialism is more important than ever.

‚Why Munich? And what is it to us today?'

NS-Dokumentationszentrum in München - Fassadendetail, Foto: Jens Weber
Foto: Jens Weber

On four floors and 1,300 square metres of exhibition space, the NS-Documentation Centre critically examines the history of Munich before, during and after the National Socialist era. The exhibition concept is based on the question: 'Why Munich? And what is it to us today?'.

The information offered is aimed at all generations and attempts to counteract the still current topics of exclusion, racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination through knowledge, awareness and discussion.

A multi-storey permanent exhibition in German and English, changing special exhibitions, a library and a seminar area serve this purpose. A multifunctional hall for 200 people can also be used for lectures, discussions with witnesses of the era of National Socialism, film screenings and conferences. Free, multilingual media guides facilitate access to the permanent exhibition and a smartphone app allows visitors to follow the effects of National Socialism on the streets of Munich.

Images of the exhibition rooms

Learning forum: Important contents are conveyed through multimedia

Das Lernforum im NS-Dokuzentrum., Foto: NS-Dokumentationszentrum
Foto: NS-Dokumentationszentrum

One of the main aspects of the NS Documentation Centre is the imparting of knowledge about the period of National Socialism. On four interactive media tables, visitors have the opportunity to deal with various topics. For example, the beginnings and rise of the NSDAP in Munich or the biographies and places of residence of those persecuted by the Nazi regime can be researched here.

The aim of the learning forum is to prepare these complex topics in the most appealing form possible. The contents of the exhibition can thus be explored in greater depth, whereby this offer is aimed at both groups and individuals.

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