Refounding the Museum in Tempelhof

A Twenty-First Century Museum

The Allied Museum at Tempelhof Airport

Twenty-five years after its founding, the Allied Museum faces new challenges. In order to inform today’s public about the significance of peace, freedom and democracy and the part played by the Western Allies in promoting and preserving them, the Museum needs new approaches and a meaningful historic site. Tempelhof Airport, a powerfully symbolic place in the middle of the city that unites history, the present and the future, offers the proper framework.

By linking the exhibition with urgent contemporary questions, spectacular spatial design, impressive objects and innovative forms of dialogue with visitors, the New Allied Museum in Tempelhof will be a twenty-first-century museum. The planning for this major project is well underway. We expect to open at the new site in around ten years.

Democracy in the Cold War

The Allied Museum’s New Permanent Exhibition

The Allied Museum reflects a successful chapter in German history and evokes positive memories. The New Allied Museum’s exhibition in Tempelhof will explain how, after the abolition of the Nazi regime, and under Cold War circumstances, liberal democracy was established in Germany. The exhibition illuminates those developments with a focus on Berlin. It was here that the two social systems collided. And it was here that the Western Powers were willing to defend their rights, interests, and values with military might if necessary. That willingness was a guarantee of peace, freedom, and democracy for West Berlin.

AlliiertenMuseum/US Air Force Photograph
AlliiertenMuseum/US Air Force Photograph

A site of History

For the future of the allied museum

When the Soviet occupying power cut off basic provisions to West Berlin in June 1948, the Western powers set up an airlift two days later. For nearly one year, people in the encircled Western part of the city were supplied by the “candy bombers.” A central site of this impressive act of international solidarity was Tempelhof Airport. To this day, a memorial and the name of the square on which it stands recall this bridge of friendship.

The Western powers stayed in West Berlin for many years. Tempelhof remained the headquarters of the US Air Force, which also made the airport into a meeting place with Berliners living in the Western half of the city, whose freedom it defended until the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall.


at the al­lied mu­seum

Tempelhof Airport, with its main building erected starting in 1934, was one of the first major airports in the world. Today, the facility is Europe’s largest monument, whose architectural particularities and complex history exert a powerful attraction. The New Allied Museum in historic Hangar 7 will make this special place both a stage for and a subject of its many-layered exhibition, allowing visitors to experience Tempelhof Airport on multiple levels: as architectural evidence of the Nazi regime, a symbolic site of freedom and a space for creativity, encounter and cooperation.

Tobias Trumpp, T-Base Consulting
Tempelhof Projekt GmbH


The Al­lied mu­seum as a hotspot in a new ur­ban Quar­ter

With its fascinating and socially relevant exhibitions, current programs and attractive food options, the Allied Museum will thus become a central address in the quarter around the former airport. It will be a meeting place for neighbors from the adjacent districts and not least for the many  visitors to Tempelhof Field park. The site will be easy to reach, with excellent connections by public transportation.

Vir­tual Tour of the Ex­hi­bi­tion “In­spired by Free­dom“

In 2022/2023, the Allied Museum presented its vision for the Museum’s refounding at Tempelhof Airport in the temporary exhibition “Inspired by Freedom.“

Although the exhibition has been taken down, you can still explore a fascinating museum project by taking a virtual tour.

In this video, Allied Museum director Dr. Jürgen Lillteicher describes the plans for the future museum at Tempelhof airport.
The Allied Museum at Tempelhof Airport: a vision

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