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A city on paper

The development of the modern street map

Exhibition dates 29 March to 30 September 2007

Street maps have become indispensable to everyday life in a city.
Regardless of whether resident or tourist: When we want to get an idea of the layout of a city or find our way around it, we (even today preferably) resort to a street map.
The exhibition "City on paper" takes the visitor back to the beginnings of modern street maps and to the time when Berlin became a metropolis.
Since when does a street map fit into a jacket pocket? How did the railway change the cityscape and city maps? What do maps tell about a city, what do they conceal?
Berlin street maps and bird's eye views from around 1900, city models, films and interactive installations invite Berlin citizens, tourists and students to an excursion into the history and visual language of one of the most widespread means of orientation of our time.

Place: Mitte Museum am Festungsgraben, Am Festungsgraben 1, D-10117 Berlin
Informationen: Phone +49 30-44 73 98 77 and +49 30-44 71 93 33, or

Kindly supported by
publishing house CartoTravel Verlag GmbH & Co. KG., publishing house Pharus-Plan, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Architekturwerkstatt (Senate Administration for Urban Development - Architecture Workshop, Landesarchiv Berlin (Berlin State Archive), Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum)

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