Enlightenment and communication are the central precepts of the conception, which also states: The museum shall in particular strive to help the citizens of our country to gain a clear idea of who they are as Germans and Europeans, as inhabitants of a region and members of a worldwide civilization.
The future permanent exhibition, which will comprise some 10,000 square meters of exihibition space on the three floors of the Zeughaus, will contain artefacts and documents of German history that can be seen in as varied a frame of reference as possible. The basic principle for the permanent display will be to exhibit in three different types of rooms, in which German history will be presented within its European context and its regional diversity. From the 9th century to the present, the political, social, and economic aspects of German history will be depicted in reference to the history of Europe.
The real core of these display spaces are the period rooms, in which visitors are walking through the epochs from the beginnings of German history up to the present. If they want to delve deeper into the chronologically arranged events and learn more about the history of their causes and effects, they can enterintensive information rooms for a more thorough review and reflection of the topics.
The sweeping historical survey concentrates on focal points of German history, which correspond with the crucial developmental periods of European history. The seven stations are as follows: "around 1200", "around 1500", "around 1800", "around 1914", "around 1933", "around 1945", and "around 1989/90".
The topic rooms offer a comparative look at the questions that crop up again and again in history, such as "The Relationship between the Sexes", "Changes in Work and Profession", or "Spirituality, Religion and the Church". In depicting social history and everyday life these rooms help to illustrate the development of different forms and structures of life.