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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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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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  • First things first. The level of information in the museum is dense and you will need to take your reading glasses with you (if you need them that is). The Stasi Museum is a little off the beaten trac...  more »
  • Stasi Muesum is an important historical museum that makes you think what they could have done with today's technology. Almost everything has signs in English, but not all. The whole interior has a sen...  more »
  • Great place to visit if you have any interest in the DDR and how it controlled it's people. Great place to visit if you have watched Das Lieben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) - if you haven't you r...  more »
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  • The museum has few strikes against it. If you go individually, you may find your progress through the suggested order interrupted by slow moving your groups. Fortunately, while exhibits are thematically grouped by floor, the order within a given floor isn't incredibly important and many of the rooms will give you plenty of things to think about. It can also be rather stuffy inside, as many of the windows seem to be kept closed. Temporary exhibits are not as well captioned, but most English speakers will be able to appreciate most of the museum with no trouble. If you are learning or practicing German, you will also be fine. Understanding German definitely makes a lot of the exhibits more powerful, particularly for audio exhibitions. Real talk. It's a good museum and that it's located in an old Stasi facility go a long way towards impressing on you how normalized this kind of systemic surveillance and domestic psyops were. Well worth the visit.
  • While other museums are repeating similar themes about Nazi atrocity, the Staci museum present this security apparatus of the old East Germany with some concrete and focused light. The building itself is wonderfully preserved with tons of beautiful mid-century furniture. The archieve of Stasi record is only only to public ONCE a month at fixed schedule. Strongly advice to check the calendar early if interested. But then that is a highly focused interest which may not apply to the general public.
  • It´s quite a small museum, so a ~2 hour visit should be sufficient, but for a 6€ entrance fee this museum was well worth the visit. It really gives you an idea to how things were handled back then in the GDR. There´s also a great exhibition just outside the museum, which was free.
  • Definitely worth a visit! The free tour guide gives you a good understanding of that time. The rooms are full of posters with info. Sadly, no audio guide.
  • Very interesting place but a lot of reading and it repeats its self a few times over the exhibitions. The tour guild was rude and wouldn't let you ask question, he also shouted at over visitors to "shhhhh" if they were talking in a low tone. It was embarrassing. We went off on our own in the end.