Anti-War Museum (Anti-Kriegs-Museum)
Ernst Friedrich started the Anti-War Museum (Anti-Kriegs-Museum) during the 1920s as a response to the horrific events of World War I. On display today are photos, documents, postcards, medals, soldiers’ letters, and diaries from both World Wars, including a fully-stocked air-raid shelter from the Second World War.
Friedrich’s first attempt at an Anti-War Museum was promptly shut down in 1933 by the Nazis, who destroyed most of his collection. It was finally reopened in 1982, after almost 50 years, by his grandson and a group of volunteers who strongly believed in Friedrich’s message. Today the Anti-Kriegs-Museum is free of charge, financed mostly by donations, to continue to educate the public on the horrors of war in the hopes of preventing future conflicts.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Anti-Kriegs Museum is a must-visit for World War– and military-history buffs.
Guided tours are available in English and German upon request.
Visitors typically spend an hour and a half exploring the exhibits.
There is limited wheelchair accessibility within the museum.
How to Get There
The Anti-War Museum is located in northwest Berlin’s Wedding district. Take the U6 underground line to the Seestrasse station or the U9 to Leopoldplatz, both a 15-minute walk to the museum. Alternatively, take city bus 106 or 221 to the Antwerpener Strasse or Seestrasse/Amrumer Strasse stops. If driving, parking is available on the street and in a nearby garage.
When to Get There
Open from 4pm to 8pm daily, the Anti-War Museum is one of the few Berlin museums open on Monday. The museum sees most of its visitors within the first two hours of opening, so for a quieter experience, arrive during the early evening.
The Modern War Exhibit
Though the Anti-Kriegs-Museum is meant to shed light on the horrors of war, many conflicts have arisen since World War II. A large map is on display in the museum that shows modern-day wars and conflicts around the world. There is also an exhibit that discusses present-day means of warfare, such as chemical and biological weapons.
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