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Stasi Museum

Haus 1, Ruschestrasse 103 | Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany (Lichtenberg)
030/553-6854
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Ranked #96 of 437 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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Wallasey
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The museum is actually in the former Stasi headquarters in east Berlin. I was completely fascinated and my one complaint would be more English information please ! The museum gave you a wonderful insight into cold war Germany , I loved that I was in the very building left pretty much as it had been. Watch "the lives of others"... More

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Yeah, I know, a visit to the Stasi Museum should not be fun and giggles, but I still felt like they could have presented it in a more interesting manner. The museum is located in the actual former Stasi headquarters, and some rather posh offices of the people in charge are left intact. Most of the museum is photos and... More

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Right place to be in order to feel the atmosphere of the past that lies in every piece of furniture and walls. If you sit in the stair hall a bit longer you might see the ghost of Stasi. Kidding.:) The place is overloaded with paper exhibit items such as posters, letters, certificates in German, which makes it less interesting... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum is small and has a strong feeling of auhenticity about it. It's actually not a museum as much as the actual Stasi headquarters restored to receive vistors and with ample examples of Stasi goals and methods. It is truly blood-chilling and a piece of recent history which is important to remember. My visit here was unexpectedly the single... More

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Rinkenaes, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you are interested in understanding how Stasi worked and how it was like to live in Eastern Germany during the communism, this is a good place to get information. Walking around in the building is a big experience, and the museum has many interesting items to look at. The only problem was, that only the main texts were translated... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After taking a metro ride east, my wife and I followed the map towards the museum. Walking along a busy avenue, I was struck by the blankness of the official East German architecture of the tower blocks. Many of them appeared empty and desolate. After a couple of turns down a side street, we found ourselves in the midst of... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Amazing - what a very interesting experience. This was really enlightening and fascinating: to think that this has all happened so recently too? The museum is so well arranged, offering overviews of particular categories, as well as personal stories. Brilliant - well worth a visit for a couple of hours...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The scale of the Stasi headquarters is staggering and gives an idea of how powerful this organisation was at its peak. Visiting the main building to see Director Erich Mielke 's office is worth the price of admission alone, and the many exhibits in surrounding rooms that show the surveillance technology and method used is also very interesting.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The museum is a relatively small part of the complex of buildings known as Normanenstrasse and during the time of the DDR was the headquarters of the Stasi. During those times it was not a place that you would want to visit and even now it's sobering. The lengths to which the Stasi went to first of all spy on... More

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Colchester
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The old man at the ticket desk was very rude and unhelpful clearly not friendly to westerners. I think he probably favoured the East German regime. The museum was disappointing which is a great shame as it had the potential to be very interesting if only they did an english tour guide and understood the meaning of customer services.

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