The DDR Museum in Berlin documents life in East Germany before the wall came down in 1989.
The DDR Museum brings the German Democratic Republic back to life and is divided into three themed areas – Public Life, State and Ideology, and Life in a Tower Block.
The museum is the brainchild of ethnologist Peter Kenzelmann, who wants to show the newer generation what it was to live in the Soviet-backed part of Berlin.
The best part of exploring the DDR Museum is that the items on display aren’t locked up in glass cases.
Instead, visitors can touch, feel, open, and interact, making it a wholesome experience.
The innovative design of the DDR Museum has earned it two nominations for the prestigious European Museum of the Year award.
Box: East Germany was officially known as the German Democratic Republic, but it is commonly referred to by its German abbreviation, DDR, rather than the English version, GDR.
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What to expect at DDR Museum
The exhibits in DDR Museum Berlin focus on 16 main areas of life in the GDR, including Housing, Work, Leisure, Fashion, Culture, etc.
More than 300 former GDR citizens contributed to the collection by donating personal effects and belongings.
The most popular items to see are – the tiny Trabant P601 car, the fully furnished reconstruction of a flat, a school satchel with books and school reports, a cupboard full of original GDR clothing, the monumental fresco ‘In Praise of Communism,’ and the area dedicated to the Stasi.
All the text panels and information material are available in German and English.
DDR Museum tickets
This ticket for DDR Museum gives you complete access to all themed areas and temporary exhibitions.
When you book these Skip The Line tickets online, they get emailed to you.
On the day of your visit, you can walk past the ticket counter line, show the ticket on your mobile at the entrance and walk in.
You can cancel this ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Cost of tickets
Adult ticket (16+ years): €9.80
Student ticket (16+, with ID): €6
Children ticket (6 to 15 years): €6
Guests five years and below do not require a ticket.
How to reach DDR Museum
The DDR Museum is located in the City-Quartier DomAquarée.
Its address is Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin-Mitte. Get Directions
From the Liebknechtbrücke, go down the stairs directly opposite the Berlin Cathedral.
Public transport is the best way to get to the museum.
S-Bahn and U-Bahn Alexanderplatz
S-Bahn Hackescher Markt
U-Bahn U5 Museumsinsel, Rotes Rathaus
Bus routes 100 and 200: Get down at the stop Spandauer Straße
Bus route 300: Get down at the stop Lustgarten
Tram lines M4, M5, M6: Get down at the stop Spandauer Straße
River cruises: Get down at the stop DomAquarée
DDR Museum’s timings
The DDR Museum is open from 9 am to 9 pm all through the week.
It is open on all days of the year.
DDR Museum doesn’t have a last entry time.
However, since the museum closes at 9 pm, it is better to reach the attraction at least by 8 pm.
Body Worlds Berlin + DDR Museum
The DDR Museum is just 700 meters (half of a mile) from Berlin’s Body Worlds, which is why some tourists prefer to explore them on the same day.
You will learn about human anatomy and how happiness influences our bodies and vice versa at Body Worlds Berlin.
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