The Wende Museum of the Cold War
The Wende Museum was founded in 2002 to preserve the art, culture, and history of the Soviet Bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period (1945–1991), and explore its enduring legacy. Housed for more than a decade in an office park, the Wende moved in November 2017 to an expansive new campus, the iconic former National Guard Armory Building at 10808 Culver Boulevard in Culver City. The Wende’s collection encompasses more than 100,000 holdings, ranging from consumer products to fine art, political symbols, audiovisual materials, spy equipment, posters, ephemera, commemoratives, books, archives, and personal histories. Named for the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende promotes rigorous scholarship, educates students, and stimulates general interest through lectures, symposia and publications; illuminates the past and informs the present through creative collaborations with contemporary artists and designers; and challenges and engages the public through experimental exhibitions and interdisciplinary programming inspired by the collection. The museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.