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The History of the Allies in Moving Images

We show you our favorite objects from the permanent collection. Historical film material and conversations with contemporary witnesses give insights into nearly 50 years of Allied presence.

Unser Sammlungsmanager Florian Pauls führt durch unser Museumsdepot. Er zeigt verschiedene Bereiche wie zum Beispiel den Diaschrank in der Fotosammlung, die Plakat- und die Schildersammlung der Alliierten oder auch die Sammlung mit militärischen Kopfbedeckungen aus der Zeit des Kalten Krieges. Die verschiedenen Sammlungsstücke werden in Schränken, Regalen und großen Schubladenboxen gelagert. Florian Pauls trägt weiße Stoffhandschuhe, wenn er die Objekte anfasst und etwas zu ihrer Geschichte erzählt.
A look behind the scenes at the Allied Museum (in German)

What is it like to work in a museum? Our collections manager Florian Pauls presents his fascinating work in the Allied Museum. Only in German.
Make your own chocolate parachute (in German)

The video tells the fascinating story behind the chocolate parachutes from the time of the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49. We also show you how to make one of these parachutes yourself!
Gavel used at meetings of the Allied Kommandatura Berlin (in German)

Just a wooden hammer? Absolutely not! The Allied Kommandatura gavel sometimes even broke during especially hot debates. Our guide Andreas Hoffmann introduces this fascinating object.

Decommissioning Checkpoint Charlie (in German)


Checkpoint Charlie was decommissioned on June 22, 1990. This military ceremony was organized by the Americans. For the purposes of internal documentation, the US Army Berlin filmed the entire event. The material is in the Allied Museum collection.
FV432 armored personnel carrier

We take you to our depot for large-scale objects. Here you will find, among other things, a British FV432 armored personnel carrier. Our collections manager Florian Pauls explains why the British experimented with a special camouflage pattern in Berlin and what else makes the vehicle special.
Memories of the end of the war in 1945 (in German)

Svetoslao N. Hlopoff was born in Italy to Russian parents and raised in France and the USA. Hlopoff, who worked for the American occupying forces as an interpreter at the Berlin Kommandatura, talks about the journey of the US convoy from Halle to Berlin in early July 1945.




Satellite image of Berlin

Our guide Jessica Posel presents one of her favorite objects at the Allied Museum, a satellite image of Berlin taken in 1965 as part of the American Corona satellite program. The CIA program produced the world’s first reconnaissance satellites.
Sector sign from the French Sector (in French)

They are popular collectors‘ items from the time of the occupation and division of Berlin. Hundreds of them existed in different versions. We are speaking of the so-called sector signs. Over the decades, these signs became symbols of the division of the city during the Cold War. Our guide Céline Gilly presents one of the signs from the French sector—in French!

On­line Col­lec­tion

We provide glimpses of our collection. Here you can search our holdings, which we have made accessible online via the platform museum-digital. You will also find our objects in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Europeana.

Vir­tual Class­room

Our virtual classroom explores the history of the Berlin Airlift of 1948/49. In cooperation with the US Embassy in Berlin and the aid organization CARE, we have developed an interactive presentation for digital teaching that spans the period up to the present day.

Prefer to in­ves­ti­gate on your own?

For some five decades, American soldiers influenced Berlin and the lives of its people. Their traces remain visible today, especially in the southwest of the city. Discover and explore former US facilities such as military headquarters, a church building, an officers’ housing development or barracks during a walk with the help of your smartphone.

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