“Dresden, your children” – this is the title of the special exhibition at the Dresden City Museum which is shown until the beginning of March 2013. It is a documentary about the childhood here in the city in the 19th and 20th century. Information boards, photographs and toys give you an impression of how life was like for kids here in Dresden.
The Romantic period in the 19th century is the era considered as the ‘discovery’ of childhood.
The first years in life and upbringing were influenced by the social status of the parents at that time. Children of wealthier parents were mainly raised by a nurse, while children from poorer families had to share their bed with their siblings.
The second part of the exhibition continues with the 20th century up to present times.
Children back then mainly spent their first years in a nursery or in a kindergarten. During GDR times, those days were strongly influenced by ideological education of the state in which the collective rather than the encouragement of the individual was the center of interest.
Apart from that, children could more and more enjoy their childhood in the 20th century due to a larger variety of toys and different playgrounds.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM – 6 PM. Admission fee is 4 € p.p. and also includes the permanent exhibition about the history of Dresden.
Hint: The entrance is free on Fridays after 12 PM! (not on holidays)