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Behind the Scenes

Not only work for the curators: How do I plan an exhibition?

1 Jun 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
To design an exhibition in a museum is a highly complex process. Many different staff members are involved – the maintenance man, colleagues who are working at the cashier's desk, as well as the curators. The DDR Museum is currently working on a new part of its permanent exhibition – find out more about it here. In the following text I would like to give you a little insight into what it takes to plan a new exhibition!
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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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Collection

"Original Wolfen" magnetic tape and film production in the GDR

18 May 2016 by Jörn Kleinhardt
Every technology enthusiast in the GDR was well accustomed with the products of the company ORWO. No wonder: The company used to have the monopoly on the production of chemical data mediums in the GDR. The history of the production site, Wolfen, however, is only familiar to few.
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Collection

Having an eye on finances: 8 books of household accounts from a family in Dresden

11 May 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
Nowadays there's an app for that. In the GDR, on the other hand, people kept an eye on their receipts and expenditures with the help of a meticulously kept book of household accounts. It was a proper housewife's duty to keep track of what amount of money was spent for what and when. The DDR Museum was recently donated a total of 8 books of household accounts from a family from Dresden, starting on January 1st in 1963 and ending on January 3rd in 1993. Learn more about these highly interesting historical documents in the following text!
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Social Media

A view behind the scenes of our diverse Facebook community

4 May 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
With its activities on various social media, the DDR Museum is one of the most active museums in Germany. We are posting content to all things related to the GDR on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram or Google+. Just like in our exhibition, the topics vary from everyday life, industry, foreign affairs to the Ministry of State security and the Wall. Our fan base is just as diverse as the topics that are posted on a daily basis. In the following text, we are going to take a closer look at our Facebook community. Learn about its regional and national background as well as the structure of gender and age!
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Review

Cultural history in the GDR

27 Apr 2016 by Elke Sieber
We review "Kulturgeschichte der DDR. Ein Überblick, Erfurt 2014." by Frank Hoffmann.
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Collection

The Thirst Quencher for work at high temperatures: Contratherm – Heat Drink

20 Apr 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
The collection of the DDR Museum is documenting everyday life in the GDR and therefore consists of different objects belonging to all sorts of topics. Every day, our colleagues at the collection department are dealing with objects and their interesting stories and sometimes unusual original purposes. One of them is the sealed glass bottle “Contratherm - Heat Drink”, containing a bright pink liquid. Get to know the interesting background story in the following text!
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Collection

Reaching to the stars with the model kit “Vostok-1”

13 Apr 2016 by Dr. Stefan Wolle
On April 12 in 1961 at 7:07am CET, Juri Gagarin was the first human being to fly into space with the “Vostok-1”, where he orbited the earth within 108 minutes. This event represented a high success for all Eastern bloc countries which were in constant competition with the United States of America. Gagarin started in the Soviet place of Kosmodrom Baikonur, the biggest Soviet space mission launch center in southern Kasachstan.
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Relics of the DDR

Part V: Traffic Signs – The Ampelmännchen

6 Apr 2016 by Elke Sieber
Until this day, the East-German Ampelmännchen remains highly popular, appearing more likable and dynamic than its West-German counterpart. It clearly signals when to cross the street and when to wait for the traffic to pass.
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Tourism in the DDR

Sofia /Bulgaria

30 Mar 2016 by Esra Kurtoglu
Romantic mountain and forest landscapes, long beaches at the Black Sea, picturesque villages – those were the things luring numerous citizens of the GDR to the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. In today’s text I will deal with Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, located in the western part of the country. This is how a leave day could have been structured back then.
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Review

The movie "Der verlorene Engel"

23 Mar 2016 by Admin
The movie "Der verlorene Engel" ("The lost angel") is one of the numerous films which were produced in the 1960s by the state-owned film studio DEFA, but were then prohibited by the party leadership because of their criticism of the system in connection with the resolutions of the 11. plenum of the central comittee of the SED party.
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Collection

Who is getting in and out of the house? The house book in the DDR

16 Mar 2016 by Jörn Kleinhardt
In the German Democratic Republic, filling out a house book was regulated by law according to the reporting ordinance. But what does that mean exactly? How did such a book look like? Who was responsible for it? What was the benefit? Questions which we are going to answer in the following text. As an example we are going to talk about a copy from the early 1950s.
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Collaboration

The DDR Museum has started a cooperation with the HTW Berlin

9 Mar 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
The DDR Museum has a new cooperation partner: We are happy to announce that we will be realizing projects along with the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, which is a great opportunity to contribute to the connection between cultural institutions and educational establishments in Berlin!
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Review

Between Division and Mutuality. Culture in the Divided Germany.

24 Feb 2016 by Elke Sieber
Carsten Kretschmann has a PHD in history and is researching and teaching Contemporary History at the University of Stuttgart. In his monograph about culture he is examining differences and similarities between the inter – German cultural landscape from 1945 until mainly 1989.
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Collection

Globetrotters back home – Objects are returning into our collection

17 Feb 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
In October 2015, the DDR Museum had the chance to support the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul with a special exhibition by lending a number of objects. The exhibit with the title “Implications of German Reunification for Korean Unification” was on display in three rooms and was greeted with great interest by the Korean visitors.
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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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Tourism in the DDR

Mecklenburg Lake District

3 Feb 2016 by Esra Kurtoglu
Vacation during the GDR - a topic you can not only find in the exhibition of the DDR Museum: In future we will also deal with this interesting subject on our online blog. How was tourism like and what where especially popular destinations?
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Award

DDR Museum has been decorated with the award "barrier-free certified"

27 Jan 2016 by Maria Bartholomäus
The DDR Museum has recently been certified as a barrier-free cultural institution. It has been graded after the nationwide label "Traveling for all" which is oriented at specific criteria of the project of the same name.
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Collection

Foreign aid by the GDR in Africa

20 Jan 2016 by Jörn Kleinhardt
Even though the GDR had quite a number of economic problems itself, the small country nevertheless offered foreign aid to many places around the world since the 1960s, which within the socialist language use, however, was referred to as „Anti-imperialistic solidarity“.
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Review

1968 in the East – why should we be concerned with the Federal Republic?

13 Jan 2016 by Elke Sieber
Lutz Kirchenwitz has a doctor’s degree in Cultural Sciences and is the head of the “Lied und soziale Bewegungen” (Song and Social Movements) society in Berlin. He is particularly dealing with the Singebewegung (Singing movement) in the GDR.
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