DDR Museum

Berlin, Germany

The DDR Museum is an interactive museum located in the former governmental district of East Germany, right on the river Spree. Its exhibition shows the daily life in East Germany (known in German as the Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR) in a direct 'hands-on' way. For example, a covert listening device gives visitors the sense of being 'under surveillance'.

The museum was opened on July 15, 2006, as a private museum. The private funding is unusual in Germany, because German museums are normally funded by the state. The museum met some opposition from state-owned museums, who considered possibly 'suspect' a private museum and concerned that the museum could be used as an argument to question public funding to museums in general.



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Founded: 2006
Category: Museums in Germany

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Olivia Petiot (2 months ago)
Very hands-on. You get to see many details of daily life in East-Germany. Heard it was quite crowded during the day, so visited from 7pm onwards and it was ok. A lot of information to read and only available in DE or EN so for kids non- reading or not fluent ot may be a challenge as they'll miss the explanation. Visited with my teenage daughter who enjoyed it. NB : Discount ticket with Berlin Welcome Card only available at the entrance.
Peter Thompson (3 months ago)
A really interesting museum covering life in East Berlin and a world of 40+ years ago. Quite enjoyable and well worth a visit if you have time. Use of Berlin card to reduce cost was also helpful.
Ben Horrex (5 months ago)
One of the best museums in Berlin to show the history of East German society under Soviet rule. It was incredibly busy when we visited and this did make it difficult to interact with any of the museum because there was a queue for everything. We would have appreciated a smaller capacity in the museum, even if that meant we had to wait a while to enter
Angela M (5 months ago)
We thought this museum was terrible. It is too interactive. Too many things to see and do. It was very overcrowded, so it was difficult to even "do" all the activities. The house part was the best part. I give two stars because there were some neat items and information.
Terry Moriarty (6 months ago)
Very good and worth a look to see how the other half lived it does get busy and gets quite hot. Kids would find sitting in the Trabant fun, the kids we saw there were very curious about it. The mock up of typical DDR flat was very enlightening. It seems quirky but it’s well worth a look.
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