One of the newer museums in Berlin is the DDR Museum. It gives an insight into the history of East Germany with hands on artefacts, films, photographs and a Trabant. The basic concept is a brilliant idea but unfortunately the size of the museum is small. When you have a couple of classes of school children looking around the museum its pushed for space. With an entrance fee of 6 euros it also seems expensive compared to the more traditional larger museums
The DDR museum is very different from your average museum. It shows you what the everyday life was like in the GDR. You' re allowed and it's even recommendable to touch the items displayed and open up drawers and closets.
There's an authentic apartment furnished with typical DDR style and it feels like you're stepping back in time when you enter the living-room. There's also a real Trabi in the museum and you can even sit behind the wheel if you like.
It's really an interesting experience, but I'd recommend visiting on weekdays and if possible, avoid public holidays. We were there on Good Friday and it was so crowded that it was almost impossible to see or try anything. The entrance fee is 5,50 EUR (2008).
Peek inside the life of average citizens during the cold war...... limited selection of goods to buy... how they dressed, how they worked, what their flats looked like.. interesting interactive nicely organized museum. It is a little small inside so if its crowded it can get frustrating, but just be patient... they also have a film that continuously runs that is from the cold war error and is interesting to watch.. about 15 minutes , it keeps recycling and running.
admission. 5.5. euro
The DDR Museum is located in the Mitte area, where at the time of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was located Palasthotel, one of the most luxurious hotels in Berlin, demolished after the Reunification. The Museum of the GDR shows interactive and entertaining style of life during the German Democratic Republic. The story in its various facets with exposed objects to see and touch!
El DDR Museum se ubica en la zona de Mitte, donde en la época de la República Democrática Alemana (RDA) estaba situado el Palasthotel, uno de los más lujosos hoteles de Berlín, demolido luego de la Reunificación. El museo de la RDA muestra de manera interactiva y entretenida el estilo de vida durante la República Democrática Alemana. La historia en sus más diversas facetas expuesta con objetos para ver y tocar!
The DDR Museum is one of Berlin's newer museums (2007), where you can see what it was like to live in East Germany before the fall of the wall in 1989. There are lots of artifacts, including the once ever present Trabant auto. The museum has a good gift shop.
If you are going to see the Deutches Historisches Museum, much of what is seen here may be redundant. The DDR museum obviously has a more narrow focus, and won't draw you in for more time. It is also very interactive. If you want more background and context, then I'd recommend the other museum.
DDR is one of Berlin's latest additions to the museum circuit. It documents the Soviet run East Germany from 1945-90. It shows artifacts, TV propaganda, fashion and even sports a model of a Trabant car. Entrance 5.50 euros