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Potsdam Conference 75th Anniversary Exhibition


A new exhibition held in the Cecilienhof Palace, marks the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference that saw Truman, Churchill (later Attlee) and Stalin deliberate on the reorganisation of Europe following the end of the Second World War.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Potsdam Conference 1945 – The Reorganisation of the World’, takes place in the actual Cecilienhof Palace, Potsdam, and opened on 23 June. It will run until the end of the year.

CECILIENHOF PALACE, RED STAR IN THE COURTYARD File size: 3.4 MB Photo: Peter-Michael Bauers
Cecilienhof Palace, red star in courtyard, photo: Peter-Michael Bauers

The exhibition uses diary entries, historical film footage, contemporary documents and loans from Germany and abroad to bring to life the events that led to the signing of the Potsdam Agreement.

Potsdam Conference Exhibition

Mixing artefacts and multi-media, the exhibition presents both the geopolitical decision-making process and the peronal voice of participants at the conference.

There are four topics featured in the Potsdam Conference Exhibition:

  • Berlin Conference – Potsdam Conference: The “Big Three”
  • On the Agenda: Europe’s New Order
  • Off the Record: Asia and the Middle East
  • Turning Point: The World After 1945
Potsdam Conference
Introductory room to Potsdam Conference Exhibition, photo: SPSG

Visitors can travel back in time and imagine they are at the conference as well as seeing the historic rooms of the Cecilienhof Palace – including the conference hall and the delegation offices – as well as the garden terrace, where the “big three” were photographed in wicker chairs (see main photo).

COVID-19 Measures

The organisers have implemented a series of measures for the safety of visitors, and as such there is a limit on the number of tickets available. Visitors need to wear a covering over their mouth and nose as well as maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. No group tours are permitted.

Entry to Potsdam Conference Exhibition

The Cecilienhof SPSG app can be downloaded for free from either App Store or Google Play.

Cecilienhof Palace Cecilienhof Palace Admission and Opening Hours

Tickets costing €14  / €10 (reduced) can be bought at The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 5:30pm, with last admission at 4:45pm). The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

Main photo: US Army Signal Corps © Courtesy of Harry S. Truman Library.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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