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The History Of The DDR Museum In 1 Minute

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Updated: 12 June 2016
The DDR, or the GDR, depending on which language you prefer for your acronyms, has a museum that attempts to grasp and qualify the period of time when the DDR was in control of East Germany. It comes in at number 11 in terms of most visited museums in Berlin. Located in Mitte, near the Spree, this anachronistic reimagining of life in another time accurately captures the heart of the matter.

Germans aren’t always proud of the history that precedes them, but that doesn’t mean they shy away from exploring it. It’s no secret Germany’s history is riddled with turbulent times; from demarkation and reunification and from exclusivity to all encompassing, historically, it’s been a whirlwind. Germany assumes culpability for its past by reminding its citizens, and the tourists curious enough to ask, what happened.

The DDR Museum is a way for people to simulate life in the DDR. The museum is ensconced in the very trappings of life years ago in East Germany. As a highly interactive museum, the exhibition invites the patrons to submerge themselves in East Germany. It seeks to question and illuminate the real differences between East Germany and West Germany. It broadens its horizons by not only providing real life renderings of conventional East German living rooms, but also debunking myths as well as serving up the hard truth. It investigates the life of the Stasi police and creates an engaging experience for those wanting to gain an empirical understanding of a divided Germany.

Going to the DDR Museum is like entering a time-capsule. First opened in 2006 as a privately funded institution, it raised some eyebrows. This is because most museums in Germany are funded by the state. But the DDR Museum stuck to its mission and became the recipient of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2008.


📅  Monday – Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-10pm  🎟 Full priced admission is €9.50