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Alcohol in the GDR

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.
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From the collection

On the way to world class – the 1-megabit memory chip

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.
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Travelling

Baltic Sea Island Rügen

6 Jul 2021 by Jörn Kleinhardt
The Baltic Sea island of Rügen is known for its long and fine sandy beaches and is the largest island in Germany. The sights attract many holidaymakers every year.
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From the Collection

The magazine »FF Dabei«, a popular companion for the TV programme

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«.
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From the collection

Civilian travel with Deutsche Lufthansa and Interflug

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.
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From the collection

Creative building with Formo and PEBE bricks

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.
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Ask Dr. Wolle

Storming the Stasi: Memories of 15 January 1990

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.
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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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From the Collection

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 GDR Objects from Dresden

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.
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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 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«.
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From the collection

The Final Division of Berlin – The Erection of the Wall on 13 August 1961

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.
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GDR mass organisation

The Society for Sport and Technology

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.
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From the Collection

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
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 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.
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From the Collection

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 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.
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