Despite being an essential and visible part of Berlin’s history, life inside the DDR can seem distant from the modern world. Berlin’s innovative DDR museum sets out to challenge this separation with a wholly interactive exhibition.
Aimed at putting the viewer inside the realities of East German life, exhibits range from virtual tours inside a real Trabant, to hidden wardrobes full of soviet sport gear. The museum differs from the rest available through its unique level of interactivity that allows you to see, touch, smell and hear the exhibits around you, the majority of which were donated by the public themselves, mixing the personal and academic.
The initial reaction may be that for an entry fee of about €10.00, the museum is a little small- and normally you’d be right. However, much like the East German bathrooms the museum delights in using every inch of space to maximum efficiency- one particular example being an East German clothing catalogue presented page by page on a series of cupboard doors.
Better still is the use of large block display cases, decorated to resemble uniform eastern bloc architecture, providing you with a literal glimpse inside the Berlin Wall.
Address: DDR Museum, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin
Transport: S- and U-Bahn Alexanderplatz, S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, Bus: 100, 200, 248, M48, TXL: Spandauer Straße, Tram: M5, M4, M6: Spandauer Straße.
Contact: +49 30-847 123 73 – 2
Opening hours: Monday through Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00, Saturday : 10.00 – 22.00, open all year.
Cost: Adults: 9.50 €, Concessions: 6.00 €, Online tickets from 7.50 €, Online-VIP-Tickets (skip-the-line): 12.00 €.