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DDR Museum, Berlin

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.4/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
Providing interactive insight into everyday life under socialism, DDR Museum is in the former governmental district of East Germany. The hands-on exhibits show how ordinary people lived in East Germany between the end of World War II and the German reunification in 1990. The displays, which include various covert listening devices, are meant to give visitors the sense of always being under surveillance. This private museum opened in 2006 and has since been nominated for several prestigious awards. Keep in mind that this relatively small site gets quite crowded. Try to visit earlier in the day to avoid masses of tourists. Put DDR Museum into our Berlin itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Small 'museum' but very interactive and took us a couple of hours. Interesting to see things that you would normally only read about. Makes the history side feel more real. They give you a little book...  read more »
  • A very special Museum, built on the idea of seeing, hearing, touching the objects. Fantastic reproductions of the House of the old DDR, STASI offices, government offices, with the ability to "drive" an old Trabant. Alternative.
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  • Pretty fun, but a lot of people was amazing. Had to stand in line to look at everything.. But highly recommend the place, learning quite a lot!
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  • Interesting look into the everyday life of the DDR. Not having lived thru it myself, I can only surmise what it must've been like based on history books and TV shows. Those historical documents only tell part of the story--this museum seems to attempt to fill in some of the gaps to show what the average person's life would have been like, good and bad. Really, it helps to humanize the DDR without editorializing too much. I enjoyed my visit for sure.
  • Soviet occupation of East Berlin ended in 1990, and today the DDR Museum offers a snapshot of life in the old days. The interactive museum allows visitors a truly hands on experience for both children and adults alike: root through drawers of East German memorabilia, mimic a Stasi officer and listen in on a bugged flat. Out on the streets you can take a unique tour of the city by renting a Trabant, the classic car produced in former East Germany, now painted in bright colours by the Trabi Safari company.
  • This museum gives a great insight into life during the DDR in a very accessible way - it's quite interactive. It would be great for families, and for those looking a quick over view. It was very busy when we were there and it's a pretty small museum, so that did take away from it a bit. It's probably worth trying to suss out when the most quiet time of the day is for admission. We also done the Topography of Terror and the Stasi Museum which are both more in depth but a bit more intense. This is the perfect starting point.
  • Very crowded and didn't portray life in the DDR as a bad experience. I'm sure there were some bright sparks in their days as they had to make the best of a bad situation. However, life under communist Soviet rule was a disparaging experience. Not great.
  • Too fun experience to be genuine. Simply different that what I remember from people who lived during DDR were telling us. Wonder who isn't truthful here Hm.
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