Between 1949 and 1990, about four million people left East Germany (the GDR) for West Germany (the FRG), with 1.35 million of them passing through the Marienfelde Refugee Center in Berlin. The Marienfelde Refugee Center, which was opened in 1953, supplied refugees with housing and provisions, and was also where refugees completed the official procedure to receive residency permits for West Germany and West Berlin.
Located on the historic site of the Refugee Center, the museum preserves and memorialises the causes, process, and consequences of inner-German flight, exploring not only flight from the GDR itself, but the formal process of emigration and subsequent integration of refugees into West German society as well. Marienfelde invites you to discover more about this history through its permanent and temporary exhibitions, diverse educational programmes, special events, and research projects.
English-language guided tours are available, as well as tours for children ages 9 - 13 and small-group workshops (including tours) for high school students.
Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum
Marienfelder Allee 66/80
phone: 030-75 00 84 00