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!
The past weeks were much influenced by the opening of the new exhibition part "Everyday life in the Plattenbau" which we presented to our guests for the first time in the context of the Long Night. We filled display cases with objects, technical installations were configured and concepts for guided tours were developed. Finally, at 6pm, the time had come: Our director Gordon Freiherr von Godin greeted our first visitors who had already been curiously lining up outside of the museum.
The first station of our framework program was a scavenger hunt: Participants had to look for answers which were hidden throughout the exhibition. In another game our visitors had to look for so-called "Easter Eggs". Those who answered all questions correctly automatically took part in a raffle. Especially our young guests quite enjoyed this activity! Our colleagues from the collection department offered the game "What is it?", where visitors could guess and learn interesting facts about different objects. In the context of guided tours with our curators participants got to know exclusive facts concerning the development process of the new exhibition. They learned, for example, about the origin of certain original objects and which departments and crafts were involved.
A special highlight was the Melkus RS1000 which was presented in the context of the special exhibition "Extravagance". There are only a total of 101 copies of this car which was produced in Dresden between 1969 and 1980. It was a rather interesting contrast to the everyday life of the GDR which is shown in our permanent exhibition!
Like every year, this Long Night of the Museums flew by quite fast. The many interested visitors and the positive feedback are motivating the DDR Museum staff to look forward to the next Long Night which will take place on August 26th, 2017. Stay curious about what we will prepare for you in the following year!
The DDR Museum is shown in the Abendschau of August, 27th 2016 (minute 02:10)