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Grimmaische Str. 6, 04109 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (Zentrum)
(03 41) 22 20-0
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Ranked #7 of 74 attractions in Leipzig
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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98 reviews 98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This museum is in the heart of Leipzig. It gives an insight into the recent history of the city during the communist era. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A complicated exposition of the trials and tribulations of people in the GDR as they experience the end of Nazism and its replacement by an equally nasty regime. The museum in general looks at the darker side of life under Communism, certainly highlighting the brutality. Not necessarily the easiest museum to have a logical pathway through, but well worth the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

When we visited there was a special exhibit on American influences post-war which was very well- displayed and presented in both English and German. Several floors of a modern building are used for the museum so it was uncrowded and easy to navigate. Worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Fantastic museum in what looks to be an office building in the centre of Leipzig. A detailed review of East-West relationships and life in the DDR. And it's free, although mainly in German.

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This museum shows the visitor how the East German GDR (die DDR) came into being, what daily life was like, who was who and how people were effected by the positive and negative aspects of living in a socialist state. Then came the end - Protests and celebrations, elections and reunification. The inclusion of a personal story opportunity was a... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Allow a good few hours to peruse the materials on display here. As other reviewers have pointed out there is only introductory boards in English with the predominance in German only but this does not lessen the impact of the materials. We were absorbed for the time we were there. There is also a Science Fiction display on the third... More

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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This modern museum presents the story of the transition from post war life to modern life in Germany. Starting with the devastation of a defeated nation in 1945 the museum covers the period of Russian occupation, the East German DDR government and transition to German reunification after 1989. Exhibits address both the political and the domestic issues faced by residents... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a brilliant museum. Even though there is very little written information in English and no audio guide we recommend that you do not miss it. Also it is free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is an excellent presentation that gives one an idea of what the DDR (Former East Germany under Communist rule) was like. There are hundreds of artifacts from the era - newsclips, advertisements, films, clothing, propaganda - as well as an explanation of the history of how the DDR began and how it dissolved. I found it all fascinating. Although... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I can tell this would have been really excellent, though. If you can read German, go and spend a good 2 hours. There is a translated board for about every section, but it doesn't cover all of the articles, memorabilia, videos, etc etc. Really, a ton of great material. We're getting to the point where the younger generations don't remember... More

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