The new city accommodated workers of the new steel works there, known as the “Eisenhüttenkombinat Ost”, and is an example of social and urban-planning strategies of the GDR in the early years of its existence. It was the fist newly founded city in Germany after 1945. An entire city was built there, based on the “16 Principles of Urban Planning”. It also conformed to the model of a “city at the factory”, which was developed for new industrial centres in the Soviet Union from 1930 onwards.

All of the GDR’s construction styles can be found in Eisenhüttenstadt. Today’s museum building is part of the core of the city, which was built between 1951 and 1961. It forms the centre of the “Children’s Combination”, which consisted of three buildings and served Housing Complex II. The building’s former use is reflected in a leaded window design by Walter Womacka.

Integrating the museum into this historical topography ensures a diverse extension of the tangible history within and outside the museum. The permanent exhibition presents Eisenhüttenstadt in the context of different concepts for new cities. Visitors can use the interactive map of Eisenhüttenstadt to plan an individual tour of the model city.

Architectural and historical guided tours of Eisenhüttenstadt are provided by the city’s Tourist Information.