A Start Crowned with Success. Visitors enter the exhibition through a passageway that illustrates the revolution, conveying an idea of how the upheaval in German society reached a boiling point at the end of World War I. Discontent paired with bold goals – a people’s movement arose that toppled the old Kaiserreich system and laid the foundations for the first German democracy. Projections fill the area, making sure that visitors can feel the pulse of this turning point.
The very fact that there was so much unrest during the Weimar Republic era makes orientation necessary. The timeline in the middle of the exhibition meets this need. As a kind of anchor, it provides visitors with brief explanations of the most significant events of the era – and some discoveries off the beaten narrative track. Photographs accompany this introduction to a complex topic.
The exhibition consolidates the many aspects of the Weimar Republic into six topics: Revolution and Emergence of Democracy, Daily Life in the Republic, Laboratory for Modernity, Weimar and the World, Crises & Challenges, and Democratic Visions. These foci are vividly portrayed through exhibits, photographs, films, documents, and multi-media presentations and always include connections to the present, as the Weimar Republic is highly relevant today.
During the Weimar era, the radio led to a societal revolution. Education, information, and entertainment were no longer bound to specific locations, but available everywhere. This innovation changed how people of the era perceived time and speed. The Radio Station affords visitors the opportunity to trace this development and take in historical radio programs as a brief break in the middle of the exhibition.
Dive directly into history – and feel the fascination of a thrilling era. The exhibition’s four time capsules send you back in time to experience the world of the Weimar Republic in 1919, 1923, 1929, and 1932. The soundscape makes possible an authentic atmosphere that includes striking film recordings of the era.
The House of the Weimar Republic crystallizes a topic important for the city. Yet there are also many other places that allow for thrilling discoveries. The City Museum with its special exhibition on the National Assembly and then the German National Theater, the city castle, and the mon ami cultural center allow for authentic encounters with the world of 1919. And there are of course the other sites of Weimar Modernism, such as the Bauhaus-Museum and the Neues Museum. Nowhere else can you get such a dense sense of recent German history, with its light and its shadow, as in Weimar. In the foyer of the House of the Weimar Republic, we invite you to embark on this journey studded with discoveries.