The Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie is a very special museum and is definitely worth a visit. Not many people know that the museum was already founded in 1962 by human rights activist Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, just a year after the first generation of the Berlin Wall was built. You will find the
stories of all who risked their lives and escaped to West Germany and all who died trying to. You can see all the objects which they used to escape. From a simple shopping cart where a mother hid her son, to cars with special compartments, self made cable carts, ultra light planes to a hot balloon, it is all their. Some escaped and brought their escaping gear right into the museum. This makes the museum unique all over the world. That said, there are some improvements to be made. The museum itself is outdated and not very logical organized. I presume caused by the fact that it has expanded over 50 years bit by bit. It is over-informative, with too many displays all together and to many signs and text. We rented audio guides, which gives good information, but the numbering is hard to find. Some numbers are big and some are very small or could not be found at all. Maybe it is a matter of budget, but the museum really needs a reorganization. Therefore I did not give a 5 star rating, but still 4 stars. You should not mis it and it will give your visit to Checkpoint Charlie more weight.
On the upper floors there are other interesting human rights displays from Gandi to Walesa, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, NATO and more.
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