22 Jul 2021
In the GDR, people liked to drink a lot. Alcohol was not in short supply, and the shelves in the shops were well stocked. Today, the bottles are piled up in the collection of the DDR Museum.
13 Jul 2021 by Sören Marotz
The GDR missed the way to become a world leader in memory chip technology. In 1988, the 1-megabit microchip »U61000« was presented to the Politburo – while the West's 4-megabit chip was already in development.
10 Feb 2021 by Jörn Kleinhardt
The official television programme in the GDR was very limited during its existence. Due to the limited range of media, there was also only one programme guide. Until 1969 it was called »Funk und Fernsehen der DDR« (FF) and was then renamed »FF dabei«.
4 Feb 2021 by Jörn Kleinhardt
On 4 February 1956, Deutsche Lufthansa opened its scheduled flight operations on the route between East Berlin and Warsaw. Two years later, the airline Interflug was founded. Our collection contains numerous objects from the 33 years of Interflug.
24 Jan 2021 by Jörn Kleinhardt
Creative building and corresponding system toys have always inspired many children. While in the West one could indulge one's play instinct with Playmobil and LEGO, in the DDR there were also two established building systems with PEBE and Formo. The original idea of plug-in bricks goes back to the anchor bricks developed in Rudolstadt (Thuringia) in the 19th century.
15 Jan 2021 by Dr. Stefan Wolle
At the turn of the year 1989/90, the DDR was in a strange state of suspense. The Wall had been open for eight weeks. The old order was dissolving, a new order did not yet exist. The weightlessness of free fall prevailed. It was only a question of time when the impact would occur.
23 Sep 2020 by Joris Buiks
Art director Joris Buiks presents his eleven personal favourite objects from the eleven chapters of our first collection volume »GDR in Objects 1949-1990. Daily Life, Home, Consumption«.
8 Sep 2020 by Frank Meißner
Dresden was one of the economic and cultural centres of the GDR. The collection of the DDR Museum contains numerous objects that reflect the historical development of Dresden. Ten of them are presented in this article.
1 Sep 2020 by Maximilian Schönbeck
Built in 1742, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden enjoys great popularity today and is one of the world's leading opera ensembles. But what exactly makes the opera so special and what role did it play in the GDR?
17 Aug 2020 by Admin
In this article, the head of collections Jörn Kleinhardt presents his eleven personal favourites from the eleven chapters of the first collection volume »GDR in Objects 1949-1990. Daily Life, Home, Consumption«.
13 Aug 2020 by Jörn Kleinhardt
Two months before the Wall was erected, Walter Ulbricht denied the intention to build a Wall at a press conference. On the night of 12-13 August 1961, construction of the Wall began. In this article we show thematically appropriate objects from our collection.
6 Aug 2020 by Jörn Kleinhardt
What began in 1952 as a mass organisation for the leisure activities of young people increasingly developed in a paramilitary direction. From the mid-1970s, the Society for Sport and Technology (GST) called itself the »socialist military organisation of the GDR« and took on the military education of adolescents.
26 May 2020
In the online shop of the DDR Museum, products, developed specifically for the Berlin Museum such as card games, books and everyday products inspired by DDR design, can be purchased under the three categories »DDR Museum«, »DDR Nostalgia« and East Package »Ostpaket«.
14 May 2020
Folds well, doesn’t crease, dries quickly and is versatile - these attributes perfectly describe the synthetic fibre Dederon, which was used to make shirts, aprons, bags and tights for the masses in the GDR since the 1960s.
18 Mar 2020 by Maria Bartholomäus
The object of the month March/April 2020 is the wooden toy truck by the PGH »Friedrich Fröbel« Werdau. The wooden toy appeals by its plain and elegant design as well as its high stability and durability.
29 Oct 2019 by Admin
The journalist and expert for DDR product design, Günter Höhne, writes for the DDR Museum blog. In this article he is taking a closer look at the original stacking chair model 3101 and its COMEBACK.