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The Museum’s collection of more than 100,000 artifacts serves as inspiration for its educational programming, which explores the past while reflecting on its relevance in the present. The Museum designs its exhibitions, events, conferences, coursework and other activities to provide a platform from which to examine parallels between the Cold War era and current events, human behavior, creative expression, and political, economic and social forces.

2009 was an exceptionally productive year for The Wende Museum. It began with the Museum lending a key painting to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, followed shortly by the launch of Wende Flicks: Films from the Last Days of the GDR, a film series that traveled to museums and universities in Los Angeles and Berlin. Later in the year, The Wende co-hosted a three-day international conference, Germans’ Things, and produced two critically-reviewed exhibitions, IconoClash! and Collected Fragments.

Most notably, the Museum conceived and produced The Wall Project, a public art initiative which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Garnering press in over two-dozen countries and broadcast live in Europe, The Wall Project’s culminating event on November 8, 2009 was the largest of its kind outside of Berlin.  

The Wende Museum also hosts a variety of special events designed to advance the Museum’s programming initiatives, increase awareness about the Museum and raise funds to support its ongoing operations. Special Events are usually ticketed events or by invitation only. Join the Museum’s Email Subscription List to receive invitations and advance notice of Special Events and other Museum activities.