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The Deutsches Historisches Museum is Germany’s national history museum. It presents the diverse, regional aspects of German history from the Middle Ages to the present as well as its global impact over the centuries. The permanent exhibition “German History in Images and Artefacts” is housed in the 300-year-old Zeughaus, a former royal arsenal and the most important surviving Baroque edifice in Berlin. More than 7,000 selected artefacts bear witness to the history of the German people and present a comprehensive picture of the past, including how the Germans have interacted with their regional and global neighbours. Visitors encounter cataclysmic historic events and rulers and politicians that changed the course of world history, but also the everyday life of Germans in town and country. More than 7,000 selected artefacts provide a unique and vivid picture of the German past. Chinese-born American architect I.M. Pei designed the architecturally fascinating new building where special exhibitions are shown over four levels. Information for school groups Young people under 18 can enter the DHM free of charge. Guided tours for school groups last 60–90 minutes. They cost €1 per child. All group visits, with or without a guided tour, are only possible if booked at least two weeks in advance. For an additional fee, students can also participate in history and film workshops.