Wende Museum of the Cold War
The mission of The Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture and history from the Soviet bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, end explore its enduring legacy. The Wende Museum collects artworks, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union relating to the period 1945-1991; challenges and engages the public through experimental exhibitions and interdisciplinary programming inspired by the collection; illuminates the past and informs the present through creative collaborations with contemporary artists and designers; and promotes rigorous scholarship, educates students, and stimulates general interest through lectures, conferences, and publications.
The Wende Museum has a collection of more than 100,000 unique objects from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union during the Cold War period, including eleven segments of the Berlin Wall; the archive of the border guards at Checkpoint Charlie; personal papers and books from the archive of Erich Honecker; a substantial collection of official and counterculture artwork; educational and home movies; historical witness interviews; and much more. Our programs and exhibitions are focused on the ongoing impact of the Cold War in its different aspects and the complex process of interpreting and historicizing the past.