The Wende Museum
The Wende Museum holds an unparalleled collection of art and artifacts from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and offers innovative exhibitions and events to illuminate the connections between art and history, past and present.
The Wende was founded in 2002 by Justinian Jampol, a native of Los Angeles and scholar of modern European history, with a mission to preserve the art, culture, and history from 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, where only a small percentage of its collections could be displayed, the Wende moved in November 2017 to a new campus, the iconic former National Guard Armory Building at 10808 Culver Boulevard in Culver City. The one-acre campus is designed in a spirit of transparency and open access, to lift the veil on Cold War secrets and illuminate the lessons of this era for new generations. The new location offers expanded visiting hours, free admission, dynamic exhibitions and events, a sculpture garden, and state-of-the-art open storage of the Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing Collection.