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Dachau Exhibition

From: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Museum exhibits

Dachau museum posterThe Exhibition, or museum, should be your first stop after you've entered the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. The numbered exhibits are distributed throughout the rooms of the former maintenance building, and they tell the camp's history from 1933 until it became a memorial site in 1965.

It's easy to spend several hours browsing the displays, which provide an overview not only of the camp, but also of the economic and political events that brought the Nazis to power. For example, here are some numbers that I copied from a display about German inflation from 1914 to 1923:


The Exhibition has an auditorium where you can watch a documentary film, KZ Dachau, that includes newsreel footage of the camp's liberation. The 22-minute movie isn't for the squeamish or for young children, but it's well worth watching.

Official show times are Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (German) and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (English), with additional showings in French, Italian, German, or English upon request.


WCs are in the Exhibition building, next to the movie theatre and near the office/library wing. The building also has two wheelchair-accessible toilets, one near section 4 and the other by the library and offices.

Next page: Bunker (prison)

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How to get there
Starting your visit
Exhibition (museum)
Bunker (prison)
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