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- The most popular museum in Germany amongst foreign visitors
- Walk through and explore a reconstructed tower block flat
- Highly interactive displays – handle original artefacts, play games
- Fascinating permanent exhibits, plus ever-changing temporary exhibits
- Learn about everyday life in East Germany
- Sit inside an original Trabi: the most driven car in East Germany
- General admission to the DDR Museum
A “hands-on experience of history” is the DDR Museum’s motto, and a visit to the museum is exactly that: hands-on and very interactive. Open doors, and search through drawers and wardrobes to reveal information and original objects that shine a light on what daily life was like in socialist East Germany.
The permanent exhibit features three themed areas: Public Life, State and Ideology and Life in a Tower Block. You will discover hundreds of original objects, learn about everyday life, politics, the origins of socialism and its influence, the surveillance techniques used by the feared Stasi and much more. In an authentically reconstructed and fully furnished tower block flat, you’ll get a real feel for what life was like in this closed country. Sit on the sofa and take a family portrait, admire the gadgets in the kitchen or rummage through the wardrobe featuring hats, skirts and shirts produced in the German Democratic Republic. You can also sit in an original Trabi, turn the ignition and go for a 3D simulated drive around an East German housing estate. In addition, there are ever-changing temporary exhibits.
With so many fun and entertaining exhibits it’s no wonder the DDR Museum has twice been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award and is the most popular museum in Germany for foreign visitors.
All photos © DDR Museum, Berlin 2019
Before you Go
Opening hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closes at 4 p.m. on 24th and 31st December
The recommended duration for a visit is about 2 hours
The museum is located opposite Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) on the banks of the River Spree:
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin
The majority of the museum is wheelchair accessible, although the Trabi exhibit is accessed by a flight of steps
All sales are final: tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded by City Sightseeing.