Pin from Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Pin from Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

I first visited The Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie shortly after the Wall came down, when I was in Berlin to give a paper. At that time, the Museum was small, almost hidden away, and not so surrounded by touristy junk. It was founded by human rights activist Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, and is a museum like no other. From its humble beginnings in October 1962 as a two-and-a-half room display about the newly erected Berlin Wall, the museum has evolved into a more than 2000 sq. m.  exhibition that explores not only the history of the Berlin Wall and the stories of those affected by it, but also looks at the challenges facing the world today as we struggle for worldwide recognition of human rights and freedom.

Here you can discover objects used to escape over, under, and through the Berlin Wall, and read the stories of those escapees who risked their lives to win their freedom. The museum also remembers and thus keep alive the memory of others who died in the attempt.

In the new exhibition you can trace the history of movements promoting human rights from 1800 onwards, and learn about areas of our world today where the struggle continues. As a museum we are unique, being not only a testament to the past, but also a living and evolving reminder of the present.