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The Bathroom: The perspective of the curator

17 Jan 2017 by Elke Sieber
As a curator, I would like to give you some insights into the bathroom of our museum’s Plattenbau apartment today.
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The Garage: The Idea

14 Dec 2016 by Sören Marotz
When we decided to portray the private life in the DDR in the form of a newly built flat of the WBS 70 type it was soon obvious that we wanted to add some sort of haven outside of the 4 Plattenbau walls.
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The children’s bedroom: Introduction

2 Nov 2016 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Welcome to our new blog series, in which we will introduce each room of our new permanent exhibition for an entire month. Once a week, different staff members who took part in the creation of the exhibition will approach the rooms from their specific professional points of view. In September we have already been talking about the kitchen, in October the focus was on the living room. In November we will be talking about the children’s room which is part of our WBS 70 Plattenbau apartment.
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The living room: A first impression

5 Oct 2016 by Melanie Alperstaedt
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.
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The kitchen – Part III: The perspective of the curator

28 Sep 2016 by Elke Sieber
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.
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Everyday life in the Plattenbau – new exhibition part at the DDR Museum

7 Sep 2016 by Elke Sieber
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.
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Event

Long Night of the Museums

31 Aug 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
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!
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Event

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

24 Aug 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
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!
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News

News from the Construction Site

25 May 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
The preparations for our new permanent exhibition are coming along with high speed. Already since the beginning of 2016, a new exhibition space is being realized within our museum. Additionally to the already existing two parts of our permanent exhibition, a third exhibition part will offer even more information for our visitors about everyday life in the GDR.
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Behind the scenes

An eye on the detail – The daily preparations for the day at the museum

10 Feb 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
The doors of the DDR Museum are opened every day at 10am sharp for our visitors. But before the museum officially greets its guests, a number of diligent colleagues have already been at work for some time in order to prepare the exhibition for the numerous visitors. One of them is our colleague who throws a scrutinizing eye on every corner and every single exhibition element each morning.
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Games

Ligato – Play history in the DDR Museum

28 Jan 2015 by Michael Geithner
As Lothar Schubert in December 1984 wrote the rules of a new game, he didn’t guess yet, that his work would be published first 30 years later. Now everybody can play it on his smartphone or in the DDR Museum.
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The game „Twilight Struggle“

4 Sep 2014 by Michael Geithner
The Cold War functioned yet as a model for numerous games, which addressed the struggle of East and West and the danger in the form of the atomic bomb. Because of that we present two games with the same title, one of them you can find in the DDR Museum.
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Design

„Swords to Ploughshares“

21 Aug 2014 by Günter Höhne
When sixtynine years ago the pain of the humanity under the Second World War had an end, in Germany, whose Nazi rulers had caused the catastrophe, the people spoke from the year 1945 as the “Zero Hour”. Thus, as if you could begin to furnish the bombed out flat in the house Europe now from scratch, totally new and totally amicably as a refuge of peace. Just no look back.
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Team

Federicas Favorite Exhibit from our Exhibition

28 May 2014 by Admin
Since some weeks, I am doing an internship at the DDR Museum. I studied Communication and Media Science, especially Social Media Marketing. That was the reason why I wrote my thesis about the importance of Social Media Marketing for museums.
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Team

Interview „6 questions to“… Robert Rückel, Managing Director & Curator

30 Apr 2014 by Melanie Alperstaedt
In our series “6 questions to…” we regularly present you a colleague of the DDR Museum or the DDR Restaurant Domklause. This time I spoke with Robert Rückel, Managing Director & Curator of the DDR Museum.
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The wall unit “Carat” in the DDR Museum

2 Jan 2014 by Dr. Stefan Wolle
When archeologists in a thousand years will find remains of a wall unit they can assign the find immediately. Maybe they will refer to the wall unit culture, how we refer to the Funnel Beaker Culture or the Corded Ware, of which we don’t know more than the earthenware.
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Simson KR 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”)

17 Dec 2013 by Sören Marotz
Now he is finally here, our Simson KR (KleinRoller=small scooter) 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), Year 1979. Actually he is a “she”: the “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), because nobody used the designation Simson KR 51/1. For a long time she stands with a structurally identical sister in our museum depot in order to make her way in the exhibition in the Christmas season.
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Collection

The Trabant car key

29 Nov 2013 by Sören Marotz
It just came back as a loan from the Deutsche Hygiene Museum: our Trabant car key. There it was an exhibit of the special exhibition “Reichtum – Mehr als genug”, which was shown in Dresden from the 6th of July till the 10th of November 2013.
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Team

The favorite objects of Janine Henschel

31 Oct 2013 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The question of Ms. Henschels’ favorite object leaded to a surprisinganswer. I expected one of the big highlights of our exhibition: Maybe the fog screen, the Journal of hunting or one of the interactive games. But no, the answer was easier and because of that much more interesting.
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“Overtake Without Catching Up”

24 Jul 2013 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Because of being one of the most interactive museums in the world, our visitors will find a variety of interactive games inside of exhibition. In the future I would like to introduce one of them at irregular intervals. Until now, I never had the time to play all the games! This is why I am looking forward to try out the games unhasty.
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