​​What is Regimes Museum and why do we study tyranny?

The Regimes Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides resources to scholars, students, and the general public through exhibitions, conferences, and a wide array of learning programs. 

The Museum is the culmination of an effort to collect, preserve, and archive stories, material, and artifacts from a selection of the most notorious regimes of the 20th century. It is both a museum and an educational institution that offers resources to scholars and students with an emphasis on preserving the memories of those who lived under a culture of tyranny and repression and to preserve this history for future generations to interpret and learn from.


Much like a Holocaust museum, the Regimes Museum researches and explores topics related to state sponsored terror, war, genocide, democide, and human rights issues in order to enlighten the public and help prevent these events from coming about again in the present and future.


The phenomenon of tyranny and repression are common throughout recorded history. Philosophers and enlightened thinkers past and present have written extensively about the issue of authoritarian and totalitarian power structures and their impact on the human domain.


With every interview, object, and scholarly research, the Regimes Museum hopes to expand our understanding of tyranny and dictatorship in both the macro historical perspective while simultaneously revealing and preserving for future study and analysis the lives of individuals who experienced the past first hand. Our programs, exhibitions, and research, therefore, aim to enlighten the public on a very important topic.

​​Where is the museum located?

Our administrative offices are located in Orange County, CA. We currently provide free exhibitions and public educational programming to institutions across Southern California as well as worldwide via our website and social media.


The museum is currently looking for a permanent exhibition space so that the collection can be made accessible to the public.

How can I get involved?

Regimes Museum is proud to serve communities in Orange County and the surrounding area in a variety of ways. Interested parties can request customizable educational programming (middle/high school or university level), short- or long-term traveling exhibitions, and access to our archives. Submissions are open for our peer-reviewed academic journal, which is free to access online. 

Eyewitnesses of totalitarian regimes are invited to participate in our oral history program, R.M. Sessions. We wish to preserve as many stories as possible - from everyday life to major events. Please contact us for more information.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Regimes Museum gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations. Any materials donated to the Museum will be used to further the Museum's mission of spreading awareness of these issues. For more information, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the museum, or have any questions, feel free to contact us!



NOW AVAILABLE: "Youth Under Dictators!" Though our newest exhibition has been put on hold due to COVID-19, you can still learn about youth groups in NS Germany and the USSR in our new book and exhibition catalog, "Youth Under Dictators." Check it out at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088B8WHVG/


For the safety and well-being of our guests and tour guides in light of the current COVID-19 situation, the Regimes Museum Berlin Tour has been postponed to July 2021. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We would like to thank you all for your continued support, and wish you good health and peace of mind during these troubling times!


Regimes Museum is proud to be serving as Tour Leaders for a World Strides trip to Berlin in summer 2020! Find out more information at regimesmuseum.org/travel.


Regimes Museum was featured in the Wall Street Journal! The article, entitled "Angela Davis, East Germany, and Fullerton," describes Threads of Utopia and discusses a contrasting exhibition at CSU Fullerton. Read the article here.




Regimes Museum @ General Patton Museum


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Historical Berlin Tour

July 2021

Berlin, Germany

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