4 May 2017
  |   Until:  
25 February 2018

Berlin 1937

In the shadow of tomorrow

By 1937, the National Socialist dictatorship had permeated every aspect of German everyday life. The previous year had been shaped by the Wehrmacht’s invasion of the demilitarised Rhineland and by the Olympic Games. Soon to follow were the “Anschluss” of Austria, the Sudeten crisis and the November pogroms. 1937, however, was characterised by a false sense of calm in Germany – including Berlin.

Berlin pub „Zur großen Molle“, drawing by Otto Nagel, 1937 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 | Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin | Reproduktion: Michael Setzpfandt

What was the city like for its residents as they went from their homes to school or to work, to the church or to the synagogue, to air raid exercises or to dance? What changed under Nazi rule; what stayed the same? What were the consequences for individuals and for societal groups? And: To what degree was it possible to recognise the system’s criminal nature before the war and the Holocaust began?

A collection of unique, never-before displayed original objects, historical photos, documents, sound recordings and film excerpts demonstrates the deceptive normality under the Nazi regime. The exhibition takes a multi-media approach to give deep insights into life in the city at that time from a broad range of perspectives.

Press reviews

"A new fascinating exhibition." (Hartmut Bonhoff, Jewish Voice from Germany)

"With acute sensitivity, 'Berlin 1937: In the Shadow of Tomorrow' shows how deceptive the surface cultural composure of a city and its society can be. Without wagging its finger, it offers a message that is also instructive for the present day." (Robert Norman, The Berlin Times)

"Una magnífica exposición." (Alec Forssmann, National Geographic España)

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Märkisches Museum

Opening times

10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Please note our revised opening times during holidays.


Adults: €7.00 / Concessions: €4.00 (incl. audio guide in English)
Free admission under 18 years & every first Wednesday of a month

Courtyard Café

currently closed

Disability and access

Details at Mobidat (in German).


Am Köllnischen Park 5


Flyer "Berlin 1937"


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