English » Museums

DDR Museum

The DDR Museum offers you a hands-on experience of the everyday life of a state long gone, the life in socialism.
DDR Museum
© DDR Museum, Berlin 2013

What has been preserved from the 40 years of the GDR (German Democratic Republic) or East Germany? Although many exhibitions have dealt with single GDR themes such as the Berlin Wall, State borders or the infamous Stasi, it wasn’t until the DDR Museum opened on July 15, 2006 that the multi-faceted particulars of everyday life in the GDR were finally gathered under one roof in the City Quartier Dom Aquarée. With its sworn mission of objectivity in its approach to facts and subjectivity in relating personal experience, the DDR museum has welcomed over half a million visitors from all over the world, keen to dip into authentic everyday DDR living culture. How does it feel to live under surveillance? Whose nickname was Sudel Ede? How comfortable was a flat in the typical Plattenbau – the concrete slab prefabricated housing blocks common in the GDR - and how did it feel sit at the steering wheel of the tiny Trabant?

These questions and many others can be explored at Berlin’s DDR Museum in a lively and interactive fashion. The museum doesn’t simply cater for “Ostalgie” fans. It sees itself as a column in the social analysis and cultural preservation of the former DDR. It offers a more popular perspective with a local history approach in addition to the more standard Wall or Stasi exhibitions. The Director Dr Stefan Wolle took on the task of ensuring that the museum would stand out as an important repository of German cultural history, to be passed on to future generations.

Visitors are invited to broaden their knowledge, to see through stereotypes and clichés, to rethink and to experience history at first hand. The museum’s exhibits are interactive. The idea is to take part with all one’s senses gathering experiences as you go along. The permanent exhibition draws attention to 16 main areas of life in the GDR. Housing, Work, Leisure, Fashion and Culture are amongst the themes to explore. Over 300 former GDR citizens contributed to the collection with exhibits and by donating personal effects and belongings resulting in an authentic mix of memorabilia. An Erika Typewriter, the Karat Schrankwand, the Stern radio, photographs, clothing are vital elements which bring the visitor face to face with day-to-day reality behind the Iron Curtain. The five most popular highlights are the Trabant, the authentic Plattenbau living room, a school satchel with school material including school reports and children’s exercise books, a cupboard full of authentic GDR clothing and the area dedicated to the Stasi.

All the text panels and information material are available in German and English, including the comprehensive Museum Guide for 5,50 Euros. Guided Tours are available in 12 European languages and Japanese but need to be booked in advance.

Address: DDR Museum
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1
10178 Berlin
Phone: 030 847 123 73 1
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10-20, Sat 10-22
Admission Fee: 7 Euro, red. 4 Euro
Guided Tours: by appointment

Public transportation

Train (S-Bahn)
Source: DDR Museum, Bearbeitung:
(Bilder: Accorhotels 2012; dpa; VisitBerlin; BerlinOnline/argus/flashpics/; Antje Kraschinski)

Das Wetter

max 4°C
min -2°C
Bewölkt Mittelstarker Schneefall Weitere Aussichten »

Over 27 Accor hotels in Berlin

Accor Hotels in Berlin
Accor welcomes you to over 27 modern and unique hotels in Berlin. Enjoy the special ambience and hospitality for a small price e.g. at Mercure, Novotel, ibis... more »

Christmas Markets in Berlin

Christmas market in front of Castle Charlottenburg in Berlin
The most popular Christmas markets and Christmas fairs in Berlin with adresses, opening hours and public transport. more »

Find Hotels in Berlin

Hotel in Berlin
Find and book your ideal hotel in Berlin more »

Bed & Breakfast in Berlin

Symbolbild Pensionen
Search and book affordable and centrally located pensions in Berlin more »

The Berlin tourist pass

Berlin Welcome Card - VisitBerlin
Explore Berlin and take advantage of the Berlin WelcomeCard! Unlimited travel and savings of up to 50%. more »

Events & Festivals in Berlin

concert in berlin
Events and festivals in Berlin: Highlights of the Berlin culture programme, tips for theater, opera, concerts, movies, trade fairs and more »

Attractions & Sights

Brandenburg Tor
Berlin’s top attractions, palaces and monuments with address, photos, public transport details and more »

New Year's Eve parties in Berlin

Party in berlin
Prepare yourself for the biggest parties Berlin has to offer and make sure to get tickets for the most spectacular New Year's Eve 2015 celebrations. more »

Ticket Search in English

Find & buy tickets online for concerts, events and more »

Berlin Photo Galleries in German

Pictures of sights, monuments, places of interest and more »