The Borderland Museum Eichsfeld considers itself as a place of learning for everyone – for adults, children and young people of all age groups and backgrounds. Based on its broad experience with groups from abroad (France, Poland, Italy, Hungary, the US and others), the interdisciplinary team of educators offers a wide range of historical and political contents and bilingual approaches.
Guided tours and workshops for groups are possible in German, English, French and Polish. Other languages are possible on request.
The Borderland Museum Eichsfeld is a memorial for the time of the German division. Because of this, the core topic of the educational program is the history between 1945 and 1990, the border regime of communist East Germany and everyday life during Cold War in both German states.
Every democracy needs political education. Examining the mechanisms of dictatorships here at the Borderland Museum Eichsfeld strengthens the awareness of the values of an open and free society. Authoritarianism, human rights and current borders are the focus of these workshops.
Along the former death strip at the 'Iron Curtain' today a 'Green Belt' with a large variety of habitats of rare animal and plant species has developed. This place, just several hundreds of meters from the museum, is particularly suitable to raise people’s awareness for the interconnections between the history of a landscape and its ecology.
Project days can consist of different components which can be put together individually in consultation with our team of educators.
A project day usually lasts between 3 and 6 hours.
5 Euro per student
Our interactive tours are specially designed for students and allow them to get an overview of our permanent exhibitions. Topics and main themes of the tour depend on the age and previous knowledge of the students.
With our workshops, we offer the possibility to deepen the students’ knowledge of different topics, such as escapes and migration in the divided Germany, everyday life in dictatorial East Germany as well as the revolution of 1989 with all its consequences. The workshops include various methods, different media and primary source material.
Guided hikes take about 90 minutes and lead along the former inner-German border, allowing students to experience history close up. As part of the hike, former border facilities can be visited, such as an observation tower of the East German border troops.
Interviews with contemporary witnesses can complement a project day by adding a first-hand perspective to the knowledge gained in tours and workshops. Topics include life with the border and experiences during and after the year 1989.
The Borderland Museum’s team of educators is looking forward to answering your questions.
Fon: +4936071 / 97997
The library of the Borderland Museum Eichsfeld is a specialized library for all aspects of life in the GDR and its border regime. It encompasses current academic research literature as well as various books published by East German publishing houses. Its approx. 30,000 media can be researched in our online catalogue:
Students and scholars can use the library for their research and will be advised and accompanied by our team.
Opening Hours Library
Since 1995, the Borderland Museum Eichsfeld has been collecting countless photographs, objects, documents and much more to document and research the history of the divided Eichsfeld region and the time of the German division. As a result, a unique archive has been created. Most of the data is digitalized and the museum regularly receives new objects and documents.
Historians, journalists and students can contact the archive with questions about sources on specific aspects of modern history of the Eichsfeld and the division of Germany.