After the closure, caused by the plague, the Berlin S-Bahn Museum is reopening its exhibition, presented in an unusual underground location.
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Currently - as of early 2021 - the Berlin S-Bahn-Museum is a "museum in waiting". The long-standing location had to be abandoned in 2016 and cleared. All objects are stored. Preparations for the new location are underway, but are far from complete. A construction diary will inform you about the progress as soon as more facts about the reopening will become clear.
1984 was a turning point for the Berlin S-Bahn. In the western part of the city, the local transport authority - the BVG – took over the service from the Deutsche Reichsbahn of the GDR. Even more routes were shut down, but on others comprehensive modernization gradually began. The voluntary Berlin passenger association was involved in the concepts and planning. At the same time, there was the opportunity to salvage a lot of old things and thus protect them from vandalism or decay.
Thanks to the Berliner Unterwelten e.V., there is the opportunity to show small selected exhibitions in a converted former underground toilet facility near Gesundbrunnen S- and U-Bahn-station. Films on S-Bahn-history are shown, too.
The exhibition is open to the public every last Saturday of the month be-tween 1100 am and 5 pm. The regular fare is 3 €, children (7-14) pay 1 €
The museum is also present at „open door events“ or other public activities. The collecting continues until the new Museum will be opened.
The following 15 objects provide an exemplary overview of the extensive collection of the Berlin S-Bahn Museum. At the same time they give an insight into the growth of the Berlin S-Bahn, its political ups and downs and the importance of the S-Bahn for the development of the German capital.
The S-Bahn-history fascinates many fans near and far. Much has been preserved to this day. You can find the most important actors in this regard in the links. Unfortunately, most of the still existing “treasures” are slumbering inaccessible in warehouses, archives or inaccessible workshops. The lack of interest on the part of politics and administration in the history of Berlin's railways and its technology threatens the cultural heritage in the long term, because voluntary commitment alone is not enough to preserve and present it.