Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie), Berlin

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2.1/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is named after the famous Berlin Wall border checkpoint. Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) documents what East Germany's government once saw as the "best border security system in the world." Here, you can view photographs and documents narrating the stories of successful escape attempts from East Germany. The museum's permanent exhibit includes unusual instruments and apparatuses that the East Germans used to attempt escape over and under the wall. You'll see hot-air balloons, getaway cars, chairlifts, and even mini U-boats. Rainer Hildebrandt, a well-known anti-communist resistance fighter and historian, founded the museum in 1962. Use our Berlin itinerary planner to add Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) and other attractions to your Berlin vacation plans.
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  • Not to be missed. We also took the audioguide and definitely worth it because within the panels are all in German and English. The ground floor is less interesting if you are big fans and connoisseurs of history, but upstairs the music changes considerably. Lists various successful attempts and failed to escape from East Berlin to West Berlin, it is particularly interesting because there is also a model that clearly shows the four sections that made up the wall and then after it is more understandable to see why it was so difficult to break through the wall. Very touching stories about some guys who failed in the attempt and lost their life and at the same time it glories in solidarity for those who succeeded in the attempt and admire the great ingenuity that put in place. If you are then going to do also tours of underground Berlin this museum allows well understand the attempts to escape underground fearfully.
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  • For the price certainly don't. You may be better things on the wall etc. just in the city, cheaper and more interesting.
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  • Yes, there are BI-curious things on the wall. In particular it focuses on escape attempts, very imaginative. But for the rest I expected more. Not essential!
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  • This museum has a lot of stuff. Unlike the checkpoint itself, which has become a total tourist trap, the museum makes an effort at preserving the history that has happened in the city. There are some incredible artifacts found within this museum. There is a huge amount of information, but it is presented in a confusing and overwhelming manner covering every piece of empty wall space. With some more effort and restructuring, this museum could build itself into a premiere 5-star museum attracting attention the likes of the Berlin Wall memorial.
  • A fascinating little museum near checkpoint charlie. The highlight for me were the enumerations of the elaborate escape attempts. Apparently, many escapees who came by the gate stopped at this museum to demonstrate and donate their escape equipment, so they have many pieces of equipment that really were used to scale the wall or trick the guards.
  • I loved this museum and dont understand the very negative reviews. The rest of checkpoint charlie is incredibly touristy and irritating, but thisuseum has been around since the wall was built, to memorialize the atrocities committed by the DDR and Soviet Union, and humanize the many victims and heroes that fought against the repressive regimes of both the Nazis and the Soviets. You need time to read all the information but the stories there MUST be told. In short, highly recommended!!!
  • I asked for my money back after visiting this museum. The texts that were written in English were horribly translated from German, the information presented was totally unorganized and completely unclear. It was clear whoever owns this place gives no f*cks. Total tourist trap.
  • A bit packed and overwhelming. Not worth the entrance fee. There was too much text and it was more of a combination of history and art. I like both, but I need some guidance in a museum like this to see why some things are exhibited. I also think they could do more about the spreading of visitors. The first few rooms were packed, but some of the more interesting rooms later in the museum were almost empty. Too bad, this museum could have so much more potential.
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