I personally found the Deutches Historisches Museum quite fascinating and it is well designed in timeline order so that it is relatively easy to get a reasonable grasp of Germany’s history, albeit from a German point of view.
Here are just a few of the displays I found particularly interesting.
These were all shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II Micro Four Thirds camera with Olympus mZD 40-150mm f/2.8 pro lens, mostly at around 1/8th sec handheld with full frame equivalent focal lengths around 200mm!
17th century plague mask for doctors to hopefully protect them from catching the dreaded disease by placing herbs or sponges soaked with vinegar in the beak – I am guessing it didn’t stop the infection but it might have made the smell of rotting corpses easier to bear:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family by Louis Carmontelle, 1770:
Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) by Balthasar Denner, 1733:
Karl Gottlieb Luck’s porcelain work Zwietracht in der Ehe (Discord in Marriage) 1775 – beware the German woman scorned – domestic violence has a long history indeed!
The Battle of Trafalgar 1805 by William Miller in 1839:
The morning after the Battle of Waterloo by John Heaviside Clark in 1816 who had created his sketches on site at the battle field which formed the basis for this haunting painting – but it seems we never learn from wars:
Ludwig Knaus’ Der Unzufriedene (The Malcontents or The Social Democrat), 1877 – shows a brooding visitor in an inn. On the wall is a handbill from the 1877 parliamentary elections. The newspapers are social democratic ones.
AEG’s electric light advertisement 1888:
Josef Rolletschek’s Die Vertriebenen (The Displaced) 1889:
Germania, an image by Friedrich August von Kaulbach in 1914 which embodies Germany’s readiness to fight: