Welcome to Berlin's interactive museum!
Providing an exceptional museum experience, the DDR Museum is one of the most-visited museums in Berlin. Three factors combine to make it unique.
1. THE DDR MUSEUM SHOWS EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE GDR
The only museum in Berlin to focus on everyday life in the former East Germany, the DDR Museum widens the conventional focus away from the Stasi and the Berlin wall to encompass everyday life. How did life in East Germany differ from the experience of West Germans? How did the state influence people's lives? Where did citizens feel the hand of the dictatorship? What, if anything, was good about the GDR? What is the truth behind popular prejudices and stories about life in East Germany? The permanent exhibition of the DDR Museum addresses all these questions in a light-hearted and often ironic fashion. The cultural history approach to these questions concentrates its focus on ordinary people; in doing so, this museum about the GDR does a lot more than just outlining the facts.
2. A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE OF HISTORY IN BERLIN'S INTERACTIVE MUSEUM
True to its slogan: "a hands-on experience of history," the DDR Museum provides stimulation for all the senses. Entering a reproduction high-rise tower block housing estate built on the scale 1:20, visitors are invited to open cupboards, rummage through drawers, drive a Trabi simulator and touch and feel a number of exhibits. The kitchen even exudes the original GDR smell. The usual museum experience of looking and reading is supplemented by a full-on sensual experience, making the DDR Museum perhaps one the most interactive museum in the world.
3. THE DDR MUSEUM IS ENTIRELY SELF-FINANCING AND DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY STATE SUBSIDY
The DDR Museum does not receive any form of state or third-party funding. Financing its operations entirely from entrance fees, our popularity means that not only are we able to cover all our costs, but have created more than 30 jobs. Our success led us to extend our permanent exhibition, opening a second room in 2010. This extension was nominated for the European Museum of the Year prize in 2012.
1. Museum by night
2. The archive of the DDR Museum
3. The visitor center