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From the Museum

0-euro note: 30 Years German Unity

11 Oct 2020 by Vanessa Jasmin Lemke
In September 2020, on occasion of the 30th anniversary of German Unity, the DDR Museum released the new 0-euro note. It is available in the museum shop.
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Aus der Sammlung

Pictorial: »GDR in Objects 1949-1990. Leisure, Culture, Travel«

29 Sep 2020 by Vanessa Jasmin Lemke
With the second volume of the trilogy »GDR in Objects 1949-1990«, the DDR Museum gives a unique insight into the world's largest museum DDR collection.
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DDR in Objects 1949-1989

The Art Directors' 11 Favourites of the Collection Volume I

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«.
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From the Collection

10 DDR Objects from Dresden

8 Sep 2020 by Frank Meißner
Dresden was one of the economic and cultural centres of the DDR. The collection of the DDR Museum contains numerous objects that reflect the historical development of Dresden. Ten of them are presented in this article.
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Places of the GDR

Berlin State Opera Staatsoper Unter den Linden

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?
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GDR in Objects 1949-1990

The Head of Collections' 11 Favourites of the Collection Volume I

17 Aug 2020 by Jörn Kleinhardt
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«.
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Aus der Sammlung

Pictorial: »DDR in Objects 1949-1990. Daily Life, Home, Consumption«

16 Jul 2020 by Vanessa Jasmin Lemke
With the first volume of the trilogy »GDR in Objects 1949-1990« the DDR Museum gives a unique insight into the world's largest museum DDR collection.
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Inside the Museum

We present: The online shop of the DDR Museum

26 May 2020 by Nic Mattick
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«.
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Object of the Month

Wooden Toy Truck

18 Mar 2020 by Nic Mattick
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.
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Aus der Sammlung

Living in an Old Building – Guides for Renovating Old Buildings

25 Feb 2020 by Frank Meißner
Old buildings are highly sought after. That has not always been the case. A poor reputation and unrenovated conditions made old buildings unattractive. Diverse interior design magazines attempted to change this.
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Günter Höhne writes

DDR-Design: Stacking Chair Model 3101 and its COMEBACK

29 Oct 2019 by Günter Höhne
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.
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Object of the Month

Board Game »Merry Travels — Spejbl and Hurvinek«

23 Oct 2019 by Maria Bartholomäus
The object of the month is the board game »Merry Travels — Spejbl and Hurvinek« and is based on the well-known marionettes Spejbl and Hurvinek of the Czech puppeteer Josef Skupa.
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Günter Höhne writes

DDR-Design: Cool Table Fans

19 Sep 2019 by Günter Höhne
The journalist and expert for DDR product design Günter Höhne writes for the blog DDR Museum. In this article he is taking a closer look at the design of table fans in the DDR.
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To Bake

DDR-Recipe: Pear Casserole

13 Sep 2019 by Janine Henschel
Autumn time is pear time. The delicious fruits are easy to be transformed into a pear casserole that is quickly done. A recipe for the whole family.
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Günter Höhne writes

Giftware from the Traffic Police

5 Sep 2019 by Günter Höhne
Günter Höhne recalls the traffic police, whose members were also colloquially called “white mice” and enjoyed mingling with ordinary citizens. Even with their own souvenirs and giftware.
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Object of the Month

Magazine „UdSSR im Bau“ / „Sowjetunion“

21 Aug 2019 by Maria Bartholomäus
The object of the month August is the 1930 by Maxim Gorky established magazine “UdSSR im Bau” which, in 1950, was renamed “Sowjetunion“. Well preserved issues are rare and constitute a highly informative historical primary source.
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Günter Höhne about DDR Design

From the long becoming and the abrupt ending of the KN 501

3 Jul 2019 by Günter Höhne
The journalist and expert for DDR product design Günter Höhne writes for the blog DDR Museum. This time he is taking a closer look at the KN 501.
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The Team

Interview „10 questions to...“ Maximilian Schönbeck, apprentice at DDR Museum

20 Jun 2019 by Nic Mattick
Maximilian is part of the team at DDR Museum since January. He undergoes a two and a half year apprenticeship in the field of leisure and tourism with the focus on visitors relations. We asked Max a few questions.
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Object of the month

Fort Laramie from the VEB Holzspielwaren Steinach

14 Jun 2019 by Maria Bartholomäus
With the Fort Laramie, children could live out their passion that arose with the film adaptation of the Karl May novels in the 60s. Hobby groups of the so-called Indianistik were officially active already from the mid-50s.
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Zero Euro Banknote in a new design

New Zero Euro Banknote for the anniversary of the Berlin Wall

29 May 2019 by Nic Mattick
The popular Zero Euro Banknote of the DDR Museum appears in its 6th edition with a design dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall.
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