A hands on experience of history - A Journey back to the DDR
Experience lively and interactive history based on sound scholarship. The permanent exhibition of the DDR Museum introduces its visitors to the history of everyday life in the DDR and the realities of life under Socialism. Visitors are invited to extend their knowledge of a wide range of topics through engaging directly with historical sources. We do not hide all of our exhibits behind glass, but encourage our visitors to touch, hold and interact with a range of objects and installations.
The highlights of the exhibition include a simulated drive in an original Trabant P601, an authentic reconstruction of a high-rise tower block flat with five rooms, countless interactive games suitable for young and old alike, the monumental fresco “In Praise of Communism” and the opportunity to interact with a range of artefacts. Visitors of all ages will want to join in the fun.
East German citizens were cut-off from the outside world by a wall and barbed wire and the Ministry of State Security exercised blanket surveillance. What was everyday life like in the DDR? Our exhibition answers this question with 35 topic areas spread out over an exhibition space of 1000m2. The DDR Museum is the largest, most interactive and diverse exhibition in Berlin focusing on the DDR. The exhibition is divided into three themed areas: “Public Life”; “State and Ideology” and “Life in a Tower Block”. Enter a recreated tower block flat and interact with an exhibition which takes a look behind the apparent idyll.
The small temporary exhibition "Love, sex & socialism" shows the connection between highly private interpersonal relationships and the states’s expectations of love from its people. It highlights ideologic, social and economic relations in the DDR which influenced gender relationships, family planning and every day life. Furthermore, it makes the ruling party’s demand of love, devotion and eternal loyalty from the party members as well as all the people of the DDR a subject of discussion. In 26 showcases you can find diverse objects connected to topics of private and political love, sex education and nudism in the DDR.
The range of topics covered by the exhibition of the DDR Museum makes it the perfect introduction to a complex topic. Visitors leave our exhibition enthused and informed, learning not just through the objects with which they come into contact, but profiting from our unique multi-sense hands-on experience and the interaction with a range of details and exhibits.
Our visitors see, handle and hear; they do not just read. Engaging all their senses, they hear propaganda, read original texts and laugh at knowing jokes. Come and see for yourself and find out what you always wanted to know! The innovative design of the DDR Museum brought it two nominations for the prestigious “European Museum of the Year Award”. A survey of international visitors conducted by the German National Tourist Board established that we were the most popular museum amongst foreign tourists. But don’t just take our word for it – come and see for yourself!
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