Southern California Program

Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War

Arts and Culture
Culver City, CA
$225,000
June 2015

The Wende Museum of the Cold War will renovate the former National Guard Armory in Culver City to create a permanent museum for its unique collection of Eastern European and Soviet era artifacts.  The facility will anchor the western end of Culver City’s cultural corridor and become a center for culture, art and post-war history.  The Wende’s collections, which contain everything from fine art and sculpture to political propaganda posters and films from the Soviet Union and Eastern-bloc countries, will become more accessible to K-12 students, scholars, journalists, artists, authors, filmmakers, and the general public.  The W. M. Keck Foundation’s grant will support collections-specific storage and offices and outdoor improvements, including a community gathering space and drought tolerant landscaping.  The Wende anticipates 8,000 visitors during its opening year, 2016-17, gradually increasing to 10,000 by 2018.

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