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Stasi Museum

Haus 1, Ruschestrasse 103 | Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany (Lichtenberg)
030/553-6854
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Ranked #105 of 462 Attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a initially odd museum and we almost missed the substantive part of the exhibit. Please persist as the exhibits, though small, give a great insight into what it was like to live in a militarised East Germany. Some chilling stories presented. Don't be put off by the nonchalant attendants - you don't need them to enjoy the museum.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A terrible place actually, if one knows what went on during the years of the DDR. Paranoia institutionalized ! But worth seeing to understand how life was during the years of the so-called Democratic Republic. Some amazing artefacts like cameras hidden in trees and buttons and enough psters and other material to provide insight on the DDR 's secret service.... More

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We caught the number 6 tram from Alexanderplatz out to the prison. It is a good 30 minute tram ride out there. A 5 minute walk from station and you find yourself walking through attractive leafy areas with cute cottages and it is hard to believe a prison existed here. We chose to go on the €5 tour in English.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

A fascinating and well curated stripped back museum, covering both the operation and personalities at the heart and effected by the Stasi during the GDR era. A long trek from the centre of town (we hired bikes) but well worth the trip out if the GDR era interests you. Housed in the original Stasi headquarters, you will walk around in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Free and interesting museum that can be visited in a short time. I would not put it among your priorities though

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Stasi museum is a chance to see how a society operated when consumed by the need to advanced a failed economic and social world view. The free museum shows the tragedy of those who died seeking freedom as well as the extraordinary lengths the government went to control social, cultural, church and work life ... and still people wanted... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

A short U-bahn trip out of the city center and this museum starts to show how much citizens of the former East Germany were controlled by the state and the paranoia that led to the spying. Great artifacts on display and the whole floor preserved as the working offices gives good insight as to what life must have been like.... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

For me it made a lasting impression. I had been fascinated by the stasi having seen the movie the lives of others. The Germans when they do something they do it brilliantly so with secret police they led the way. An incredible atmosphere walking around. Even the two cafes look so atmospheric and typical communist. The top spy bosses have... More

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Modi'in
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is not the (free) Stasi archive. This is not the Stasi prison. This is a for-pay museum, housed in the former Stasi headquarters building on Ruschestrasse. The museum is dry and quiet, and while there are some explanations in English, it really helps to know something about the era in order to appreciate it. For people with a (perhaps... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is free museum and tells the story of the Stasi. It is worth a visit and just round the corner from Check Point Charlie.

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