A small but fascinating museum that was an absolute must on my trip to Leipzig.
I had wanted to visit the museum ever since reading 'Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder' and it did not disappoint. The full story of the organisation was astonishing and would have seemed laughably absurd in many instances, were it not for the terrible impact it had on the real lives of the people in the DDR.
The audio guide is absolutely essential for any english speaker as it describes the features of the building in its stasi era configuration as much as it explains the exhibits on display. An audio guide costs four euros and can be obtained from the shop down the corridor (if you are in any doubt it is marked on the leaflet/map listing the audio guide points).
I spent 90 minutes in the museum having listened to all the commentary available and taken a reasonable look at the exhibits. Although the displays are not easily understood on their own, the audio guide does a good job of highlighting documents or items that you should pay a closer look at.
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