10 years of DDR Museum
PREFACE OF THE CHIEF SCIENTIST   A Decade of “a hands on experience“ .
DDR MUSEUMS’ ENLARGEMENT  How far along are the preparations?

July 19th, 2016  FOLKSONGS
August 16th, 2016  A TOLD LIFE
August 27th, 2016  36TH LONG NIGHT OF MUSEUMS
September 8th, 2016  BETWEEN ALL CHAIRS

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A Decade of “a hands on experience“ .

Dear readers,

this summer is an exciting and eventful time for the DDR Museum. It has been ten years since the DDR Museum has opened and a lot has happened - interesting projects were developed, success was being celebrated and more than 4.400.000 visitors were welcomed. Currently, we are working intensely on a new section of our exhibition, which will be presented on August, 27th 2016 for the "Long Night Of Museums". Until then, much has to be done - thus, this period signifies intense work for our whole DDR Museum-Team.
Nevertheless, we can already promise: the third part of our exhibition will surprise you!

Dr. Stefan Wolle 
Chief scientist DDR Museum 

How far along are the preparations?

For quite a while now, the DDR Museum is already working on the enlargement of our exhibition. Shortly before reaching the goal, one can finally see the exhibitions' tangible features - laying floors, hanging wallpapers, furniture was delivered and objects were placed. By taking great and excited steps, we are heading towards the big opening at the "Long Night Of Museums".
We do not want to give too much away, though we can say: you will be delighted! Starting on August 27th, specially developed technologies and interactive exhibition's contents are awaiting you! 

One glance back

For ten years now the DDR Museum exists- and it was an eventful time: Opened on July 15th 2006, the DDR Museum expanded quickly and enlarged their area with the "Besucherzentrum" in 2008. Also two years later, in 2010, the first expansion of the exhibition followed. Besides nominations for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012, the Museum won the „Geschichte erinnern - Gegenwart gestalten" - Award by the Federal Agency for Civic Education for the educational game „Bürokratopoly" in 2014.
In 2015 after a survey of the German National Tourism Board foreign visitors voted us into the 44th place of the most popular destinations in Germany. We are thus Germany's best placed single valued Museum!
In the past years we achieved numerous successes due to our visitors! Therefore, we want to thank every single visitor for your interest and support!

  July 19th, 2016, 7pm
Wolfgang Leyn will be presenting his new book "Volkes Lied und Vater Staat"
In a nation's state, the folk song has a safe haven – one might think. In fact, Dr. Wolfgang Steinitz inspired the folk music scene both in the East and the West with his book "Deutsche Volkslieder demokratischen Characters" ("German folk songs with a democratic character", published in 1954 and 1962). But when it came to the Anglo-saxon influence, the cultural authority of the SED was not amused very often. In 1976, Wolfgang Leyn was one of the founding members of the group Folkländer which belonged to the most successful folk bands in the GDR. He therefore knows what he is talking about when he describes and documents the contradictory development of the folk scene.

Discussion between:
Wolfgang Leyn, online editor for MDR, Leipzig
Sören Marotz, Head of Collections at the DDR Museum, Berlin
Date: July 19th, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Visitor Center
Entry fee: Free
  August 4th, 2016, 7pm
Jan Eik will be presenting his memorial book "Ost-Berlin, wie es wirklich war"
For former East-Berliners, the eastern part of Germany's capital today is one of the strangest cities in the world. Some things have disappeared, many things were built anew and everything looks different. But just like on a photo which has been exposed multiple times, the observer still sees the old streets and buildings. There are good and bad memories lurking at every corner. The well-known crime author Jan Eik will dig deep into the box of memories and will be telling stories from the 34 years which he has spend in this divided city.

Reading with:
Ja Eik, author, Berlin
Date: August 4th, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Visitor Center
Entry fee: Free
  August 16th, 2016, 7pm
The DDR Museum welcomes the Third Generation East
With the biography workshop, the network Third Generation East offers a platform on which the participants are able to deal with their experiences in the GDR and the time during the time of the German Reunification. If you grew up in the GDR, this workshop gives you the opportunity to enter a discussion with other people sharing your history. On a small scale, the team of Third Generation East is inviting you to reflect your own past after a visit to the DDR Museum. Please bring a personal object to the workshop which for you symbolizes the Wende time. Please sign up exclusively with the team of Third Generation East until August, 8th. Contact: hallo@mein-leben-entdecken.de, phone: 0177-60 90 254

Discussion between:
Juliane Dietrich, social pedagogist, Gohrisch
Sören Marotz, Head of Collection Department at the DDR Museum, Berlin
Date: August 16th, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Visitor Center
Entry fee: Free
  August 27th, 2016, 6pm - 2am
Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition at the DDR Museum
The photo to the left is not a picture puzzle but the state of the construction site of the new exhibition earlier this year. Be one of the first who will be able to discover the new area during the Long Night of Museums! Curators will offer tours of the exhibition throughout the entire night. Also, the DDR Museum will exclusively present an original Melkus RS 1000 car, the only sports car of the GDR. With the guessing game "What is this?" you can test your knowledge about everyday objects from the GDR. The collection department will be presenting mysterious objects and you can guess what they truly are. SHORT TOURS will be offered at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, "What is this?" will take place at 7:30pm, 9:30pm, 11:30pm and 00:30am. Please sign up on the evening of the Long Night of Museums at the ticket counter.

Date: August 27th, 2016
Time: 6pm - 2am
Entry fee: Ticket to the Long Night of Museums
  September 8th, 2016, 7pm
Wolfgang Herzberg will be reading own texts and singing to the banjo
It is quite difficult to put a label on Wolfgang Herzberg. He was born in 1944 as a son of German-Jewish emigrants in England, studied at the Humboldt University Berlin, popularized "oral history" as the first GDR-historian and wrote texts for his brother André Herzberg's successful rock opera by using a pseudonym. In 1990, his interview book with Erich Honecker became the last bestseller of the GDR. On this evening, Herzberg will present his own texts and songs, tell stories from his life and discuss the question of what is going wrong with the rehabilitation of the GDR nowadays with the audience.

Reading with:
Wolfgang Herzberg, publicist and songwriter, Berlin
Date: September 8th, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Visitor Center
Entry fee: Free
  September 22nd, 2016, 7pm
Alexander G. Schäfer in conversation with Christel Bodenstein
It is hard to believe: The princess Tausendschön from the DEFA-movie "Das singende, klingende Bäumchen" ("The singing, chinking little tree") is more than 70 years old today. As only a fairy tale can do, the role of the arrogant king's daughter has praised her with eternal youth. Until this day, faces turn all dreamy when it comes to the "Bäumchen". The first successes were followed by many other main roles in movies and TV productions. In the 1960s and 1970s, she belonged to the most popular actresses in the GDR and was also active as a singer of chansons. Alexander G. Schäfer will question her about her exciting life.

Discussion between:
Christel Bodenstein, actress, Berlin
Alexander G. Schäfer, actor, Berlin
Date: September 22nd, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Visitor Center
Entry fee: Free
  Shop - basic knowledge GDR compact
basic knowledge GDR compact

Stefan Wolle's book "basic knowledge GDR compact" is a standard item with the most important facts about the GDR. It is the perfect access for GDR-interested persons. Thus, this scientifical work is a reference book and with it's susupenseful and fluent style also an interesting reading. Dr. Stefan Wolle is the head of the scientific team of the DDR Museum and one of the most famous DDR-experts. Wolle studied in East-Berlin, he was associate of the academy of sciences in the GDR, during the peaceful revolution he was expert at the round table and later employee of the Berlin Commissioner for the Records of the State Security of the Former GDR. His numerous specialist books rank among the most known of the toppic GDR.  
  Shop - GDR-Game

What is a Broiler? The DDR Museum has used irony and wit to bring together some brain teasing questions. There is much to be learnt from this game and lots of fun to be had, wether you're playing alone or in a group, and for GDR connoisseurs and GDR novices alike!
  General Information
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right on the river Spree,
directly opposite the Berlin Cathedral

Tel: +49 (0)30 - 847 123 73 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 - 847 123 73 - 9

The DDR Museum

The DDR Museum is Berlin's interactive museum and shows the life in the GDR in his permanent exhibition. The museum was established in 2006 and has been one of Berlin's most visited museums since 2007. The concept "A hands-on experience of history" is considered to be unique in the world.

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