GDR Museum in Berlin

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The DDR Museum is a museum in the centre of Berlin. The museum is located in the former governmental district of East Germany, right on the river Spree, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. The museum is the 11th most visited museum in Berlin.

Its exhibition depicts life in the former East Germany (GDR) (known in German as the Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR) in a direct “hands-on” way. For example, a covert listening device (“bug”) gives visitors the sense of being “under surveillance”. One can also try DDR clothes on in the recreated tower block apartment, change TV channels or use an original typewriter. The exhibition has three themed areas: “”Public Life”; “State and Ideology” and “Life in a Tower Block”. Each of them is presented under a critical light: the positives as well as the negative sides of the DDR are explored in this exhibition. A total of 35 modules illustrate these three themes: Media, literature, music, culture, family, private niche, health, equality, diet, childhood, youth, partnership, fashion, border, Berlin, tra c, education, work, consumption, construction, living, free time, vacation, environment, party, Ministry for State Security, economy, state, ideology, army, brother states, wall, opposition, penal system and authority.

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The museum was opened on 15 July 2006, as a private museum. Private funding is unusual in Germany, because German museums are normally funded by the state. The museum met some opposition from state-owned museums, who considered possibly “suspect” a private museum and were concerned that the museum could be used as an argument to question the public funding of museums in general.

In 2008 and 2012, the DDR Museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award.

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