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Stasi-Museum, Berlin

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Stasi-Museum offers a glimpse into the methods and workplaces of the old Stasi, East Germany's secret police. Formerly the home to one of the Cold War's most infamous institutions, these original headquarters reveal much about the old ideology. You can learn about the tactics used in spying and reconnaissance for more than 40 years. The site is a tribute now to the dissidents, nonconformists, and ordinary citizens whom the Stasi terrorized. Check the website for information regarding guided tours and special or temporary exhibits. Put Stasi-Museum into our Berlin tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We're very interested in the history of the German wall and cold war. The information in this museum is interesting but the way presented a bit dissapointing. There's so much to read that after a few ...  more »
  • If you are a bit learned or interested in Berlin's history, this could be something for you! There is a lot to see so you want to reserve a few hours and some comfortable shoes. The closest under bahn...  more »
  • We are disappointed with a visit to the STASI Museum. Mainly texts to read. Because of this, ill-suited to the young teens who do not speak English or German. To the digital age what a pity that the Museum does not use these new technologies. There is even no audio...
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  • Nice museum, but if you are already in the area (and short in time) - I recommend to skip it and to visit the prison instead. The guided tour in the prison is muuuuch more interesting, and so as the exhibits. One more thing: in the museums ticket counter, they ask for 1€ extra if you are interested in taking pictures inside... I have never encountered such a ridiculous thing anywhere else in the world. Bottom line, no one checks if you are "allowed" to take pictures inside, so don't fall into this trap and don't pay anything extra.
  • This might not be interesting for everyone as the museum is trying to document the inner workings of a totalitarian surveillance organization. That is is a pretty cerebral topic. You might think of it as the real-life documentary accompanying the movie "the life of others." As such I found it fascinating, bizarre, depressing and absurd at the same time. While I had personally witnessed, in the West, the collapse of the GDR, experiencing this place today feels like stepping into a completely unrealistic and unreal world. While the exhibits are fully documented in both German and English, a familiarity with Germany and its recent history will greatly enhance your experience of the museum.
  • Highly recommended. Visit on Saturday afternoon for a free tour in English at 3pm. Our guide was amazing - knowledgable and enthusiastic. A brilliant experience.
  • AN ABSOLUTE MUST VISIT! The Stasi Museum is interesting as it talks about everything Stasi. I particularly enjoyed the display of technology and tactics used by the Stasi, and the tour guide did an excellent job of explaining everything.
  • For anybody interested in the recent history of Germany this and the nearby stasi prison are obviously must see places. The museum is well laid out and brings you through the whole background and horror of that period. Congratulations to the Germans for confronting their past and showing just us how fragile and valuable the freedoms we often take for granted are.