Frequently Asked Questions

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» What are the hours of the Museum?
» Do I need to make reservations to visit the Museum?
» How do I get to the Museum?
» How do I make arrangements to bring in a large group?
» Are tours available?
» Is there an entrance fee?
» May I bring food into the Museum?
» What does Wende mean?
» Why is the Museum in Los Angeles?
» What programs and events are coming up?
» How do I participate?

What are the hours of the Museum?
The Museum's exhibition galleries are open to the public without appointment on Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM (except on holidays). Guided tours through the galleries as well as the archives, which are otherwise closed to the public, are offered on Fridays at 11:30 AM and 2 PM.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, guided tours are offered only by appointment at 11:30 AM and 2 PM. It is recommended to schedule these tours at least one week in advance to ensure availability. Please e-mail tours@wendemuseum.org.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the Museum? 
No. Reservations are not required to visit The Museum during our public hours on Fridays. However, reservations are required for private tours Wednesday and Thursday, groups of more than ten people, and school tours. For more information please email tours@wendemuseum.org.

How do I get to the Museum?
The Wende Museum is located at 5741 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230. See Map
For detailed directions, please see Directions and Parking.

How do I make arrangements to bring in a large group?
Please email tours@wendemuseum.org for groups of ten or larger. 

Are tours available? 
Yes. The Wende Museum offers guided tours into the vault at 11:30 A.M. and 2 P.M. on Friday. Additionally, there are tours available by request for large groups on other days.

Is there an entrance fee? 
The Museum is open and free to the public.

May I bring food into the Museum? 
No, we do not allow patrons to bring food and drink to the Museum.

What does Wende mean? 
"Wende," a German word meaning "turning point," refers to the collapse of communist East Germany in 1989 and the creation of a reunified German state a year later. The term more broadly represents the end of Soviet communism and the beginning of a new epoch in Eastern Europe and Soviet Bloc countries, an era marked by political changes with profound social and cultural consequences. In many ways, the “Wende” continues, making it an ideal name for a museum devoted to the Cold War-era and its present and future ramifications.  

Why is the Museum in Los Angeles? 
Examining the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union can be fraught with political and personal bias, and the complex, often contradictory stories that underlie the Museum’s artifacts may provoke uncomfortable questions. The Museum’s location in Los Angeles provides independence and critical distance from current political debates in Europe, and also facilitates the questioning of preconceived ideas about our past and present. Moreover, the Museum’s physical remoteness from Central and Eastern Europe has enabled it to attract significant artifacts and collections that might otherwise have been destroyed as a result of emotional and political reactions.

What are the Museum's upcoming programs and events? 
You can find out by visiting Programs

How do I participate? 
You can participate by clicking on the participate button on the front page of the website or by going to Support on the main navigation bar.