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Stasimuseum - Forschungs- und Gedenkstätte Normannenstraße

The numerous exhibits of the Stasimuseum are a journey into the repressive stranglehold of the police state, the activities of the State Security and aspects of the GDR political system as well as resistance and opposition movements.
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The headquarters of the former STASI, the infamous GDR Ministry for State Security, were located in this very building which today houses Berlin’s STASI Museum. This is a truly impressive rewind into one of the most chilling institutions of the Cold War. The building was occupied by demonstrators on January 15, 1990 and a citizen’s committee initiated the disbanding of the former STASI, gradually transforming this building into a memorial, museum and archive for posterity.

The actual Stasi files are administered by a Federal capital Commissioner for Stasi files and kept in a central archive in Berlin. About 160 kilometres of Stasi documents including files, dossiers, index-cards and audio tapes were left behind by the Stasi. They contain information on about 6 million people, although the exact number of people under surveillance is unknown.

Visitors can time travel back in time into Erich Mielke’s – the last GDR minister for State Security - own offices as they have been preserved in their original state. From here, Mielke headed the Stasi for over 30 years. The museum is full of old-time Stasi artefacts including its infamous surveillance devices hidden in most extraordinary places. The numerous exhibits are a journey into the repressive stranglehold of the police state, the activities of the State Security and aspects of the GDR political system as well as resistance and opposition movements.

Memorabilia highlights such as a prisoner’s transport van, hidden infra-red cameras for night photography and containers to disguise weapons transport.

An English language booklet is available for background information and guided tours.

Address: Stasimuseum - Forschungs- und Gedenkstätte Normannenstraße
Ruschestr. 103
10365 Berlin
Phone: 030 5 53 68 54
Internet: www.stasi-museum.de
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat-Sun 11-18
Admission Fee: 6 Euro, red. 4,50 Euro, students 3 Euro
Guided Tours: Public guided tours in english: saturdays and sundays 15
Guided tours by arrangement (mail: anmeldung@stasimuseum.de)

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Source: Forschungs- und Gedenkstätte Normannenstraße, Bearbeitung: berlin.de
Last edited: 15. January 2016

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