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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. Arrange your visit to Stasi-Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Berlin using our Berlin online travel planner .
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  • I have been to this museum twice. The first on a school trip in 2014: as a group we had booked the guide in Italian. The guide was a woman who was herself a prisoner in those cells. His personal experience combined with the atrocities which were committed between those walls made us all go out with a bit of angst on him and made us remain silent for some time (which is rare for the 16-year-olds). Last year (2016) I returned to Berlin and I wanted to take my boyfriend here. Being only two of the guide was in English (about 25 years old boy) and so there were no personal comments in his stories, but I found both very capable of conveying all their knowledge. Also the guy did references to stories told by his colleagues who had been imprisoned there. Every day we get 2 or 3 tours in English and one in German. Obviously if you are a group Board to book early and request the guide in Italian. For students there is discount (€3 instead of €6) recommend a visit here, you will come out a little more distressed, but richer.
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  • Museum very poor and disappointing for our taste. We believe that there are more interesting museums to visit this.
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  • By the Memorial to running in groups by former sufferers, which impressively depict the suffering caused by the Stasi. The study of Stasi Chief Erich Mielke is original.
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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.

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