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DDR Museum, Berlin

(3.4/5 based on 3,800+ 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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  • The Museum is very well done and it is really fun to go through. Everything you may touch and try out.
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  • This is a great, interactive museum which gives a fascinating insight into what daily life in East Germany was like. Although it seems small at first glance (and it was quite crowded when we were ther...  more »
  • This is a hands on interactive look into life behind the iron curtain. It can get very crowded so I would suggest going early. Everything is written in German and English but we had a German friend wi...  more »
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  • I would love to give this place more than 3 stars but it is just so small. This wouldn't be a problem if they didn't pack it to (over) capacity. It was a really good introduction to life in DDR. The location is great beside the cathedral and Museum Island but a larger building is a must. I paid €6 as a student. Full price is €9.50 – I feel this might be a bit steep for what you get.
  • It's a fun place to visit! You get to see a ton of great relics from the real GDR. You can see a communist living room, car and many more. For this reason it's much more than a museum. You can actually place yourself into the shoes of people being forced to live under communist rule. The different photos and texts on display are also rather informative and worth visiting the museum for. The technology in the museum is also the newest with for example a fancy interactive screen. There is also a large church across the street of the museum, which is nice.
  • This museum is a great insight to life in the DDR (or GDR if you speak English). The exhibits are quite well put together. A life-size, typical East German apartment is my favourite because I know it is true to the style. well worth a look to see a very interesting part of German history which isn't just about WWII
  • I loved how interactive the museum is! This is definitely the most fun you'll have at any museum in the area or probably even out of all 8 countries my spouse and I have visited in Europe.
  • A fun museum to explore how the East Germans used to live after World War 2. The museum is full of fun exhibits and an interactive model. Kid's will love it and you can learn alot about how life was during those times. A must see if you are curious about how life was under the soviets.