The Wende Museum

10808 Culver Boulevard
310-216-1600

Mission and Identity:

The mission of the Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War history, inspire a broad understanding of the period, and explore its enduring legacy. Named for the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Museum

collects and preserves art work, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Cold-War era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union;

challenges and engages the public through experimental exhibitions and interdisciplinary programming inspired by the collection;

illuminates the past and informs the present through creative collaborations with contemporary artists and designers; and

promotes rigorous scholarship, educates students, and stimulates general interest through lectures, symposia and publications.



Reviews

Juliana Richter

Rating:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A unique gem among L.A. museums. A. Exhibitions feature a vast collection of relics and art with strong themes. Detailed accounts on artwork and relics illuminate effects of powerful political tides on the spirit of individuals.

John Lopez

Rating:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
This museum is free to the public, and the new building is simple but striking in its minimal, brutalist way. There's a nice collection of art and photography from the Cold War era, along with thoughtful and stories and notes for context. What my son and I we're hoping for were more physical and military artifacts. I will say there was some interesting Russian radio equipment and fragments from the Berlin Wall. But we wanted more of this. I would say that anyone that enjoys history will enjoy this space, just don't expect a "spy" museum. (By the way, if you have any interest in the Berlin Wall you have to visit the Reagan Library.)

Peter Stewart

Rating:
Monday, June 11, 2018
Very interesting! Nice layout. Nice people. I liked the chunk of the Berlin wall and the spy equipment.

Robert Haller

Rating:
Friday, June 22, 2018
Thanks again for your help and support I spoke to the receptionist there June 22nd 2018 she was very nice and polite I'm going to get some donations to some things in the Cold War when I was in the United States Merchant Marine if they accept that I have to talk to the other people involved with that but they were very very nice I can't wait to come out there and see the place I heard it's very very nice thank you for your contribution help and support and Cold War veterans to it's a fantastic thing Robert Haller thank you

John Lopez

Rating:
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
I have a difficult time saying anything negative about a museum. They all deserve accolades just for opening their doors. This museum is free to the public, and the new building is simple but striking in its minimal, brutalist way. There's a nice collection of art and photography from the Cold War era, along with thoughtful and stories and notes for context. What my son and I we're hoping for were more physical and military artifacts. I will say there was some interesting Russian radio equipment and fragments from the Berlin Wall. But we wanted more of this. I would say that anyone that enjoys history will enjoy this space, just don't expect a "spy" museum. (By the way, if you have any interest in the Berlin Wall you have to visit the Reagan Library.)

Upcoming Events at The Wende Museum

Exhibition - Promote, Tolerate, Ban

Friday, Jul 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Friday, Jul 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Promote, Tolerate, Ban

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Promote, Tolerate, Ban

Friday, Aug 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Friday, Aug 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Promote, Tolerate, Ban

Friday, Aug 10, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Friday, Aug 10, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Promote, Tolerate, Ban

Friday, Aug 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Friday, Aug 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Promote, Tolerate, Ban

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Sep 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Sep 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Oct 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Oct 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Oct 12, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Oct 12, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Culver City, CA
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Culver City, CA
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Culver City, CA
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Culver City, CA
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Culver City, CA
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Culver City, CA
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Nov 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Nov 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Nov 30, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Nov 30, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Dec 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Dec 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War

Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Russians

Photography exhibition by Nathan Farb, based on a trip he took in 1977 to Novosibirsk as a host of the American exhibition Photography USA, part of a cultural exchange program under President Carter’s administration. Farb photographed a number …

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Exhibition - Cold War Spaces

Political power relations, economic structures, and cultural ideas impact the way we experience, envision, and structure our environment. The Cold War, with its strict division between ‘East’ and ‘West’ both in physical and id…

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Exhibition - Communism For Dinner: Commemorative Plates

Countries use different means to define themselves politically, socially, and culturally. Monuments and street names constitute the canon of collective memory: by highlighting specific persons and events from national history, they project an idealiz…

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Exhibition - Music of the Imagination: Jazz Behind the Iron Curtain

Jazz music was among the most controversial and hotly-debated cultural aspects of East German (GDR) society. It celebrated its American origins and therefore was viewed as imperialist, capitalist and decadent across the Soviet Bloc countries. However…

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