The German Historical Museum conceives the idea of an exhibition about the history of the Western powers in Berlin.
The United States of America, Great Britain, and France support the project. The German federal government charges an international committee of experts with the task of developing a concept for an Allied Museum.
The Museum team begins its work in the Outpost Theater and the Nicholson Memorial Library.
In September, the Western powers leave Berlin. The exhibition “They’ll Always Have a Suitcase in Berlin. The Western Allies and Berlin 1944–1994” opens at the Outpost Theater by the chancellor Hemlut Kohl. It is a resounding success, attracting more than 70,000 visitors in three months. Items from the collection of the future Museum are put on display for the first time.
The international committee of experts presents the “Charter for an Allied Museum.”
The non-profit association AlliiertenMuseum e.V. is founded.
Officially opens the Allied Museum on the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Apart from high-ranking representatives of the Western powers, a large number of veterans formerly stationed in Berlin also attend the ceremony. Dr. Helmut Trotnow is the founding director.
A space for temporary exhibitions is created in the Nicholson Memorial Library. At the same time, the second part of the permanent exhibition is redesigned.
The Allied Museum has attracted half a million visitors since it opened in June 1998.
Founding director Dr. Helmut Trotnow retires.
Dr. Gundula Bavendamm becomes the Allied Museum’s new director, and writes the concept paper “From Airlift Museum to Museum of Freedom. A Future for the Allied Museum.”
A volunteer is added to the team for the first time.
The Allied Museum welcomes its one millionth visitor since opening in 1998.
The federal government allocates funding for the Museum to move to the former airport Berlin Tempelhof.
Change in leadership at the Allied Museum. Minister of Culture Prof. Monika Grütters comes to the Museum to personally bid farewell to Director Dr. Gundula Bavendamm. In April, Bernd von Kostka takes over the acting director of the Museum.