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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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  • Interesting museum about the Stasi- basically everyday joes who acted as spies and reported on people. It is in the former Stasi headquarters. There was a ton of text, with most of it translated into English. The temporary exhibit was not translated. There were other types of information as well- videos and audio and things. I was most interested in the devices used for spying- including bugged doors and watering can cameras. Washrooms were available. The cafe downstairs didn't serve any real meals- just drinks and snacks.
  • Great museum with loads of information on the Stasi Regime. The different equipment used to spy on its people and the amount of documents will surely be an eye opener for many. It's a nice museum to visit with family. There are also seats available on every floor, so that one can rest a bit in between the many rooms.
  • This place is great! Hoised in former Stasi buildings, it remains relatively unchanged since the fateful day the Stasi abandoned ship. Loads of back offices appear as they would have been, decked skirting to ceiling in wood panel. Very informative place, including loads of detailed info on how the Stasi operated, who worked for them, and the lives of Stasi members. Easy to get to, just off the S-Bahn, this place will kill a good few hours and give you a very deep insight into how the Stasi operated, their rise, and most dramatically, their fall and the fall of the wall.
  • Fascinating exploration into the GDR and the stasi. How they operated and the cloak and dagger techniques they used. Really interesting seeing the drill marks made by those attempting to gain access to the various safes and secure filing cabinets. At moments you can almost feel thrown back in time with the environments presented.
  • The best museum in Berlin. It’s authentic, gives an unique angle on the Cold War, East Germany and Berlin. Easily spend half a day here. Outside the main museum there’s a free outdoor exhibition as well. There’s a €1 charge to take photos inside the museum which is excellent - means you don’t go round with people around you taking endless photos!

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