Exhibits and Theaters: Permanent Exhibits

Berlin Wall Gallery

Berlin Wall Gallery

A Barrier That Couldn't Block Information

The Berlin Wall was strong enough to stop a tank, but it couldn't stop news from getting into East Germany by word of mouth, smuggled messages or radio and television. This gallery tells the story of how news and information helped topple a closed and oppressive society.

The exhibit contains the largest display of unaltered portions of the original wall outside of Germany. It features eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of wall, each weighing about three tons. A three-story East German guard tower that loomed near Checkpoint Charlie — Berlin's best-known East-West crossing — stands nearby.