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DDR Museum, Berlin

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#6 of 172 in Museums in Berlin
Providing interactive insight into everyday life under socialism, DDR Museum is in the former governmental district of East Germany. The hands-on exhibits show how ordinary people lived in East Germany between the end of World War II and the German reunification in 1990. The displays, which include various covert listening devices, are meant to give visitors the sense of always being under surveillance. This private museum opened in 2006 and has since been nominated for several prestigious awards. Keep in mind that this relatively small site gets quite crowded. Try to visit earlier in the day to avoid masses of tourists. Arrange to visit DDR Museum and other attractions in Berlin using our Berlin day trip site .
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  • This was the most disappointing museum we saw while in Germany. It was hot, very busy, so much so that you couldn't even read the information due to the number of people there, and poorly laid out. Gi...  more »
  • Beautiful, interactive museum for all. You can get an insight into the everyday life of the GDR - however without overly critical positions
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  • here is for the people who want to know about the history of berlin and germany! so kind of important as a historical point! but i dont recommend it without turgide!  more »
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  • The space is small and quite overcrowded after 6pm, when other museums are closed nearby, and this one remains open till 8pm. I felt like I was in a small section of modern times of a City's History museum. This is a new trend in a big city to recreate the typical apartment within the museum space. in the past decade. The attitude is almost like Urban Outfitters. Young visitors mainly, who has little to no memory of the Cold War times till 1980s. I don't find many in their 50~70s. The Entrance to the first historic part introduction is stepped, narrow and so crowded, I missed the whole concept of the DDR and it was more of the superficial glimpse of the days in the 1960~1980s throughout the exhibition. This has to be taken out to the larger Ticketing area to show the basic understanding of the museum. I felt like we were entering a crowded bookstore in the beginning. But, it was 3.5-4 star fun and entertaining as others say, but, what do I remember after the visit? Just a magic Wardrobe and a baby girl driver simulation, and, the socialistic salary charts. It did not sum up well. Were they accurate as the owner claims? Sure. But, still the glimpse to the small sections of the modernity in 20C. Entertaining 3,54, Educational 3, and, overcrowding and unable to access to the hands-on displays is very negative. The exit is covered with the pointless souvenir stuff, and, there was no seating for the older visitors. Still different from the rest of classical museums in the area. And, the night view to the dome and the sound of Eerie Crows hovering near the cathedral after 8pm was stunning from DDR museum side.
  • This was a neat museum with tons of interactive elements. From drawers that you opened to discover items, to a mock house set up from the times, stamps, working typewriters, and prison cells - there was tons to do and explore. I feel like I learned a lot, and it was fun. Almost everything was translated into English. When a school group came in it filled up very quickly, so aim to go here at an off time. They were located right on the water, and had a small gift shop.
  • Very enjoyable and informative, buta little one-sided (the basic flavour presented is that most things about the DDR were well-intentioned, but a bit of a joke). They have tried to be clever in the layout, and have a lot of information inside drawers and cupboard doors on upright walls. Good idea, as it makes it compact - but when it is busy it becomes an irritation, as you wait in line for others to finish reading (or read over their shoulders), they close the drawer before you have finished, and you move in to open it again! If you are patient, it is a good museum with lots of good info. If you are easily irritated, or are a passionate advocate of the kind of socialism that was practised, it is maybe not for you.
  • Very interesting place to visit. The most interactive museum I have ever been. Only thing negative thing is that we arrived at 7 pm and asked if one hour was enough to enjoy the place. The guy at the entrance said yes, however, since the place is so interactive and there's a lot of information, one hour was not enough and the place closed before we could see everything. My recommendation is to go, but take in consideration that you will need at least 2 hours to fully enjoy it.
  • A fantastic museum with a lot to see, read, and learn, and very well-designed interactive exhibits. If you want to cover the whole place, plan to spend 2.5-3 hours. Would be 5 stars except for the rude staff when buying a ticket and again at closing time. They herd everyone out starting at 7:55 and yell if you don't immediately comply... perhaps to give you an authentic DDR experience.

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