DDR Museum

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Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, Berlin, Germany
www.ddr-museum.de/en - +4930-847 123 73 - 1

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christl3 christl3
171 reviews
A Day in the Former Soviet-controlled East Berlin Dictatorship Jun 25, 2014
The DDR museum is an ideal, easy-going (not to information-heavy), fun museum to go to if you are looking for information on what it was like to live under communism in former East-Berlin. The museum is designed to indulge you in the every-day life of the people by recreating the sights and sounds of the era.

It is a very interactive museum, making it suitable for children and adults alike - try on popular clothing of the time or take a stroll through a typical family home of the era.

It outlines the good and the bad aspects of living under the Soviet regime. Good - jobs aplenty, health and well-being taken care of. Bad - Constant surveillance (as you can see in their replica 'interrogation room') and inefficiency.

If you are a history buff and want to learn a lot about that particular era then maybe it is not the museum for you. I enjoyed it, however, i didn't find out anything that i didn't already know.
Their replica Soviet-era kitchen
Model of the Berlin Wall Death Str…
It sure was a looooooong wall
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skiathos skiathos
31 reviews
DDR Museum Aug 07, 2011
Dr_Seuss and Farmboy2 have given 2 really good reviews and photos. I am not a museum person, as I get bored quickly and usually only go in them if it's raining, but this is worth visiting.

It's tiny, and normally an hour would do it, but they have doubled the exhibition space since October 2010, so you may need a more time now.

If you have a Berlin Welcome travel card or Berlin Stars book, there is usually a 20% discount, but entrance is relatively cheap anyhow at 6 euros for an adult.

Open til 10am-8pm, Mon-Sun and 10am-10pm, Sat. So you could indulge in some evening sightseeing or if you have an afternoon flight, go in the morning. It's right across from the Berlin Cathedral, on the banks of the River Spree - go down the steps from the bridge to queue. If on exiting, you go right, along the river Spree it makes a very pleasant walk to a park with cafés and bars under some railway arches.

Note: DDR stands for Deutsche Demokratische Republik (Known in English as GDR, German Democratic Republic, the former East German State prior to the Autumn of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall)
East German Trabant
View a bit further on from the Mus…
Bit further on again, nice park ar…
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Nice little piece of culture May 17, 2010
You're not going to spend hours in here, it's very small. We did spend a good hour in here though, as it is an interesting insight into what life was like in East Germany.

A lot of little day to day artefacts, many of which you can open and are encouraged to touch and feel.

First exhibit as you go in though is a model of the security set up around the wall, it wasn't just the piece of concrete that formed the Anti-Fascist Protection Wall, and shows the set up of the Death Strip.

A lot of things from peoples daily lives, clothes, records etc. Gives details of why some things were as they were, like why they were so into naturism, whay they joined the Free German Youth and stuff.

Most bizzare, to me, was a potty bench. Apparently all the kids in nursery all had to go to these benches at the same time and weren't allowed to leave until the last one was finished doing the toilet.

OK I get the state control and discipline bit, but it also explained that sociologists linked this with the rise in right wing extremists groups in Eastern Germany in the late 1990's :O . Any sociologists looking in want to explain that one to me please :D

Museum also includes a picture from the 1974 football World Cup, the only time East and West Germany played against each other. For those interested(or not) East Germany won the match 1-0, but West Germany went on to win the tournament.

There was an exhibit of the inside of a house and the standards that were typical of housing in the East. This was just after a film show you could watch of an 80's TV propaganda programme about housing( had English subtitles)

Highlight had to be the Trabant, that you could climb in and get a feel of what it was like to drive, as it included all the noises( recorded obviously) and had a screen in front that almost made it look like you were driving along in it.

Was only €5-50 for me and €3-50 for my daughter, so it's not going to break the bank. For all it's small there is a small gift shop on the way out, and they have coffee and drinks available behind the counter, even if you are just passing on the way to one of the many river cruises that depart from just in front of it.

It appealed to me at any rate :)
On the way down from the bridge to…
Anti-Fascist Protection Wall Set Up
Free German Youth Memorobilia
East Germany v West Germany '74 Wo…
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skiathos says:
Great review
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
Dr_Seuss says:
I found it amusing to Huib :D, just didn't see the link to it creating right wing fascists :)
Posted on: Jun 10, 2010
huibdos says:
Potty bench:)
Der brave Soldat Schweik, hilarious!!
Posted on: Jun 10, 2010
Farmboy23662001 Farmboy2…
18 reviews
DDR Museum Sep 11, 2010
This interactive museum provides a look into life behind the Berlin Wall. You can see and sit in a Trabant. They have also recreated everyday living quarters including the kitchen and living room. Sit in a recreation of an East Berlin movie house and see some footage from actual East Berlin TV shows and movies. The museum also offers a look at fashion and sports behind the wall.

This is a great museum for the cost. It should not be missed.
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