Johann Valentin Haidt, Erstlingsbild, 1748 © Unitätsarchiv der Evangelischen Brüder-Unität, Herrnhut; Unitätsarchiv: GS 463
Johann Valentin Haidt, Erstlingsbild, 1748

The Luther Effect

Protestantism – 500 Years in the World

A Deutsches Historisches Museum exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Deutsches Historisches Museum is inviting you on a journey leading through five centuries and four continents. The first exhibition, “The Luther Effect”, shows the diversity and historical impact of Protestantism, but also its potential for giving rise to conflicts in the world. What traces of Protestantism can be found in other denominations and religions? How has Protestantism itself changed as a result of these encounters, and not least: How have people made Protestant teachings their own – how have they shaped and lived them? Starting from the Reformation in the 16th century, the exhibition presents a worldwide history of the impact and reciprocal effects of Protestantism, using the examples of Sweden, the USA, South Korea and Tanzania.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum is presenting the exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau on an area of some 3,000 m² and bringing together outstanding exponents from national and international lenders, many of which have never before been displayed in Germany. Supplementing the exhibition are numerous cultural and educational events and fringe programmes. A richly illustrated catalogue will also be published.

Exclusively for the exhibition, the Berlin artist Hans Peter Kuhn transforms the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau into a gigantic artwork out of aluminium tubing, light and sound.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum’s presentation is one of the special national exhibitions commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the year 2017 funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The exhibitions are under the patronage of the Federal President. The German Savings Bank Finance Group is the principal sponsor of the exhibition “The Luther Effect. Protestantism – 500 Years in the World”.

More information about the exhibition on

Organizer Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum.

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
With kind support of the German Savings Bank.

Tickets & Dates

12 April – 5 November 2017

Opening hours

WED to MON 10:00 to 19:00
TUE closed

Special opening hours:
Open on Kirchentag
(24 to 28 May 2017) as well as
TUE 3 and 31 October 2017
10:00 to 19:00

Multimedia guide

Free of charge
for children and adults in German and English


€ 12 / reduced € 8
Groups (from 10 persons) € 10 p. p.
Admission free for children and youths under 16

Admission free during the German Protestant Convention (Evangelischer Kirchentag) 24 to 28 May 2017

Combined ticket (to all National Special Exhibitions in Berlin, Wittenberg and Eisenach): € 24, Combined ticket for groups: € 21 p. p.

Order single tickets online
Catalogue & Short Guide

The Luther Effect

Protestantism – 500 Years in the World