The Wende Museum: Hot Topics on the Cold War


Join Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles and Field Agent Benjamin Harmon for an after-hours tour of the Wende Museum with exclusive access to the former nuclear shelter and a vodka sampling in the outdoor sculpture garden.

The Wende Museum houses around 100,000 items including consumer products, media (including thousands of home movies and educational films from the era), sanctioned government paintings, countercultural artwork, and surveillance equipment (e.g., a camera hidden in a pen, fake passports, and crude satellites). The Museum also holds a collection of more than 21,000 books and periodicals published in both East Germany and the Soviet Union on a diverse range of subjects.

During this tour, Chief Curator Joes Segal will lead us through the permanent collection including the exhibitions “Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary” and “Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture.” We will then have the exclusive opportunity to step inside a former nuclear shelter for the National Guard, complete with the original air- filtration device still intact. This space will soon house a portion of what is still in storage at the old location. This may be the only time to experience it. We will then end the evening in the lovely outdoor sculpture garden with a vodka sampling, age-permitting of course.

The Museum is open Friday through Sunday to the general public, however, access to the nuclear shelter is limited to this event.

Get your ticket on EventBrite here.


Family-friendly! All ages welcome.
Only those who are 21+ will be able to partake in the vodka tasting.
Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for at least one hour of standing and walking at the museum.
Bring your cameras and share your photos with us!
Free parking in the lot.

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