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Museum news | October 26th, 2016

A museum has five main tasks: Teaching/communicating, Exhibiting, Researching, Collecting and Preserving. At the DDR Museum, the last two tasks are taken care of by the collection department. Collecting therefore also means to reasonably enlarge the inventory and to add new objects to the museum's collection. The following blog text will tell you more about how this exactly works.

Collecting with a system: How do objects get into a museum's collection? - Bild1

Topic GDR | October 19th, 2016

In order to keep motor vehicles sustained with fuel, an area-covering net of gas stations is required. As a result of the Second World War, the existing net of gas stations was divided along the different occupation zones after the West German brand „Gasoline“ was running all gas stations in all of the occupation zones in the beginning.

Fuel for the DDR – the brand Minol and the Minol Pirol - Bild1

Museum news | October 12th, 2016
The DDR Museum is number 36 among the most popular sights in Germany - Bild1

Every year, the DTZ (German National Tourist Board) is asking international visitors to name their favourite places in Germany. In 2016, the 40,000 participants of the survey voted the DDR Museum on number 36. We would like to thank everyone who gave us their voice for this great ranking!

Exhibition news | October 5th, 2016

A warm welcome to our new blog series in which we will present a room of our new exhibition part for an entire month. Once a week, staff members who have been involved in the creation of the exhibition will look at the different rooms from their very own professional perspective. The kitchen was the main topic in September; the October will focus on the living room of the WBS 70 apartment which you can visit at the DDR Museum since September.

The living room – part 1: A first impression - Bild1

Exhibition news | September 28th, 2016

After the kitchen has been looked at from many different perspectives, today I, the curator, have the opportunity to tell you something about the content of that room. Of course this cannot replace the individual experience of the exhibition itself– however, I would like to make you a little curious about the topics diet, consumation and the role of women in the DDR (German abbreviation for German Democratic Republic). When you enter the kitchen, at first glance it looks like a regular kitchen in the DDR of the 1980s. The tapestry and the decoration of the room, however, are already telling something about everyday life in the DDR. The uniform way of construction of the Plattenbau along with its uniform floor plans as well as the limited variety of furniture only left little room for individual furnishing of the apartment. The functionally designed furniture mostly had a plain design, and a white kitchen quickly seemed rather sterile. In order to give one’s home a certain degree of individuality and to create a cozy atmosphere within the rooms, all sorts of rustic kitsch were highly popular. Old clay jugs, brass pans or colorful dish towels used to decorate the kitchen; just like they do in our museum’s kitchen. The tapestry is another example for this rustic style. Tiles were typically hard to come by; once you were lucky enough to lay your hands on a small amount of tiles it was far from enough to tile your entire kitchen or bathroom walls. A tapestry, on the contrary, made this possible!

The kitchen – part three: The perspective of the curator - Bild 1

Topic GDR | September 16th, 2016

Who can seriously say no to scrumptious desserts? Even more so if they look as yummy and sound as tasty as the two recipes from the collection of the DDR Museum... definitely worth a "sweet sin"!

Junket Lorraine and icecream pears - Bild 1

Exhibition news | September 7th, 2016

Finally, the time had come during the Long Night of the Museums on August 27th, 2016: The DDR Museum opened the doors to the new exhibition part which had been developed and planned for the past 1 ½ years.

Everyday life in the Plattenbau – new exhibition part at the DDR Museum - Bild1

Museum news | August 31st, 2016

Last Saturday, the DDR Museum opened its doors until the small hours: Our institution was one of the 77 museums in Berlin which took part in the 36th Long Night of the Museums and greeted a total of 28.000 guests – 5400 of which visited our museum. Just like the many years before, we offered quite a diverse framework program and the special atmosphere of the late summer night made the event quite memorable!

Long Night of the Museums 2016 at the DDR Museum - Bild 1

Exhibition news | August 24th, 2016

Last Friday, August 19th 2016, a press conference took place at the DDR Museum on behalf of the opening of the new permanent exhibition on August 27th 2016, in the context of the Lange Nacht der Museen in Berlin. The long period of preparation is now almost over and we are looking forward to show even more of a hands-on experience of history on additional 270m²!

Press conference for the opening of the new exhibition „Everyday life in the Plattenbau” - Bild 1

Museum news | August 3rd, 2016

Not everyone in Berlin still knows what a "Niethose" or a "Rennpappe" is. As of now you will see these and other terms from GDR times rolling along the S-Bahn tracks – for there is an S-Bahn driving around designed in the DDR Museum look!

With a DDR Museum-Outfit across Berlin - Bild1

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