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Address: Grimmaische Str. 6, 04109 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number: (03 41) 22 20-0
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Everything you need to know about the DDR

The second floor is the most important one of the museum: it offers an extended exhibition about the rise and fall of the former German Democratic Republic (DDR). A quick... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Cologne, Germany
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We really wanted to learn about the GDR but without good German this museum is frustrating. There is a bit translated but it's the tip of the iceberg really. You can wander around looking at everything but if your German is basic/moderate so much of the displays is a mystery. An audio guide would be reasonably simple to do and... More 

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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44 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

The second floor is the most important one of the museum: it offers an extended exhibition about the rise and fall of the former German Democratic Republic (DDR). A quick run-through, without going into all the exhibits, will take an hour or so. But chances are that you will stay much longer if you are in any way related to... More 

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Gottingen, Germany
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Not much to add to all the other reviews. We didn't see any lockers, but then we also didn't ask, or the signs could have been in German! It would be really helpful to have good German language skills for this museum, however, some of the museum can be understood without those skills. An excellent view into life in a... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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191 reviews 191 reviews
7 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A very interesting museum, and free! Lots to see, not a lot of English descriptions but there are some. Sometimes too dark to read the labels, and quite confusing to find your way round, but well worthwhile nevertheless.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The major things are in English, but there is a lot more info in German. The audio guides are only for groups. Entrance is free. The visiting exhibits are interesting to include the current sex exhibit (all in German, but easy to figure out based on items displayed).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you are interested in german history, you must vist this museum. I was there in summer, from the window of this museum you get a nice view of Leipzig. It located in the midst of Leipzig.

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Magdeburg, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

First thing you need to know is, the museum entry is totally free. That should attract everyone to pay a visit to this rich museum full of East German history. There are free lockers (another awesome feature!!!) available if you need to keep your bags/jackets safe. Only negative side is, not all the information are in English. A detailed visit... More 

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Mainz, Germany
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited the Forum in February 2015. We were interested in their exhibition about the World War II, and we were not disappointed. The entrance is free, not only for the "Dauerausstellung" (which I believe means it is always there) but also for the exhibitions that are only there for limited periods of time. The exhibition about WWII was really... More 

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Manchester, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Of all the exhibitions and museums I've seen that focus on German history (East and West) since 1945, this is the best one I've been to. The multimedia displays are really engaging and kept me interested for a couple of hours, which is a good sign as I don't tend to hang around museums and galleries for long. Most importantly,... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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84 reviews 84 reviews
59 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Wonderful permanent exhibition on the former DDR. Free to the public, this museum nicely combines realia and artifact with a variety of interactive presentations. Though the major points are present in English and German, the finer points are exclusively in German, so an intermediate knowledge do that language is useful here.

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