The History of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum
The intricate web of different experiences of history, lifestyles, and ways of life; the coexistence of different cultures and nationalities in tight spaces; contradictions and fissures: These elements make the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg compelling – and not only to those interested in history. The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum documents the history of this district. It emerged from the fusion of the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg with the merger of the Kreuzberg Museum with the Heimatmuseum Friedrichshain.
In 1978, the Kreuzberg Office for the Arts began to develop a new type of local museum, in which everyday history – a seemingly banal relic – and the larger significance and continuation of history would exist alongside one another: the Kreuzberg Museum for Urban Development and Social History. Since 1990, the Kreuzberg Museum in Adalbertstraße has had in its own building – with its own staff.
The Heimatmuseum Friedrichshain came to be in the late eighties as per the initiative of the Culture Office of the district of Friedrichshain. It last occupied the structure of what had once been a fire station in Marchlewskistraße.
In 2004, the Friedrichshain building was forfeited and the collections of both museums were joined. Beginning in 2004, the museum was called "Bezirksmuseum (district museum of) Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg". Since April 12, 2013, the building in Adalbertstraße has held the name of "FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum". Here, the archive for both boroughs in the joint district are housed.
The classically industrial building at Adalbertstr 95A provides an authentic backdrop for the work of the museum. The different floors of the former commercial space are fitting for exhibits as well as for events. The museum’s structure was originally located behind the street-facing building, on the other side of the interior courtyard. The street-facing building was removed as part of the first sweeping urban renewal efforts in the early seventies. The museum’s front yard resulted from the removal of the structure, now equipped with a playground and greenery. The old building was completely restored and expanded with a new stairwell and elevator.