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Review of DDR Museum

DDR Museum
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Skip the line: DDR Museum Berlin
Ranked #117 of 1,006 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: As one of the most interactive museums in the world, the DDR Museum presents life in the GDR and by doing so life in socialism. With more than 500,000 visitors each year it is one of Berlin's most visited museums and one of Germany's most visited time historical museums.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited as we had great interest in the 2nd WW and the great German divide. In all honesty its a bit of a jumble and has clearly see better days. If it wasn't for the fact it is interactive and there is things you can open, pull out and play with I would have been bored and done in about 20 minutes. Now that I have done it once I definitely wouldn't go back again as I was underwhelmed. Gift shop is also very over priced.

Thank Colin H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this whilst walking around Berlin so decided to google it and then decided to go in.

We were pleased we had, as if you book online you get a 50% discount on tickets, which is probably a fair price for what you get.

The museum itself is fascinating, and as someone who grew up in this era, it was interesting to see how history unfolded from the East German (and Soviet) perspective. It also shows how controlled life was in the former East Germany, and I can assume it is accurately portrayed from the comments I heard from people who had lived in the old DDR who were visiting.

Would definitely recommend a visit, my only advice would be to go at the start of the end of the day as the exhibits are all interactive so when you are fighting others to read things, it becomes a bit tiring. Allow 2 hours to do the museum justice

Thank hornetfan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Museum itself is pretty compact but it is full of DDR ostalgy and information. Especially the model apartment has been built and decorated thoroughly.

Thank PetriKoo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Allow about 2 hours to read all the informational displays, even if you don't listen to the radio or watch the TV programs. Some of the interactive features are geared toward younger visitors, but some intrigue even an older adult. My 21 yr old son and I split up with him doing a lot of the audio-visual displays. I mainly went from display to display and read (in English) about life in the DDR, from cars to kitchens, including a full-scale, fully furnished apartment. There was an interesting film about how multi-housing was built so quickly to accommodate all the workers who were wait-listed for larger quarters.

Try not to skip any of the plaques, because you'll learn about how the DDR was formed and the economic and political forces in play from post WWII through 1989 and the fall of the Berlin wall.

We went on a Sunday afternoon, and the museum was crowded, but most of the time I was able to read each plaque without anyone in my way.

Restrooms were clean, but just wish they had a water fountain. Credit cards accepted. No real need to buy your tickets online in advance.

Thank Merrill M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The DDR Museum is small, but what it lacks in size it more than compensates for in the sheer volume of historical information and artefacts on display. The museum showcases life in the DDR in a fully interactive way. There is a reconstruction of a typical apartment, as well as tv screens showing all sorts of news reels, adverts and information.

Thank Danny P
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