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Stasi Museum

Haus 1, Ruschestrasse 103 | Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany (Lichtenberg)
030/553-6854
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Ranked #96 of 444 attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The former headquarters of the East German secret police. Today, the exhibition includes surveillance and observation technology such as wires and... more » Owner description: The former headquarters of the East German secret police. Today, the exhibition includes surveillance and observation technology such as wires and hidden infra red beamers for photographs at night. « less
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I must admit, after reading all the great reviews, I was a little disappointed with our visit, not because the museum isn't interesting but because unfortunately if you are a non-German speaker, it's a bit frustrating. The explanation of the exhibits is in German only, with a very short 3-4 lines of English. So most of the time we has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

An absolutely fantastic insight into such a terrifying part of history. The stories told hit a chord and it is amazing to see people who were tortured in here, working here today telling their stories. This is a must for historians.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was really amazed at the extent that the DDR state went to spy on their own citizens. The amount of time,money, resources and manpower than could have been put to a more productive use was staggering. That said it was fascinating and well worth including in a "Cold War" tour of Berlin.

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Tel Aviv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Well represented and insightful view into an alternate reality which could have dominated our present. The Stasi was built up similarly to the KGB and has a lot in common. Presented are the stories, tools, rooms and commanders of this organization. A great find especially if you enjoyed Orson's book 1984

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

...yet if your answer is: "What's the DDR??" - you can probably give it a miss. However from my perspective... This is a pretty amazing building with loads of significance in contemporary history. Basically If you like history, particularly recent political history, you will find your visit pretty engaging. The doors, furniture, offices, decor, light switches, letter openers etc etc... More

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Northern Ireland
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Excellent museum with some really interesting material, well displayed. Our 10 year old daughter found it really engaging, too. There's lots of material about the youth organisations - very chilling to read how children were manipulated. It's like walking back into the past to see the original furniture used by the Stasi bosses. We walked around on our own but... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were staying in Alexanderplatz, so this museum was very easy to reach by the U5 line, getting off at Magdalenenstraße. We actually missed the sign (double back on yourself at the metro exit) so walked a little longer than we should have done, but it still took no longer than a few minutes. Once inside, the museum was fascinating... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Excellent English tour of the prison left in original form following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Well presented tour visiting cells, interrogation rooms and stories of people who endured its indignities behind its walls.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a fascinating look at a very nasty period of relatively-recent German history. The museum is housed in the former Stasi HQ and has plenty of information that any visitor can learn a lot from. I particularly found the hidden cameras interesting and hadn't realised that sort of technology had been so effective back then. The only downpoint was... More

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Vrhnika, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Museum is in a nice eastern neighbourhood (in older lonely planet editions there is a mistake about location). There is not a lot of tourists. There is also a five euros entrance fee, but you are not allowed to take photos, unless you pay one euro more. Exhibition is placed on three floors and it is really interesting. You get... More

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