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Museum in der Runden Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner)

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Address: Dittrichring 24 | North of Thomaskirche, 04003 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number: +49 341 961 24 43
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Description: Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these...
Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these police documents and their surveillance equipment to the public.
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Interesting but presentation a little outdated

This museum is stuffed with detailed information and original exhibits from the time of GDR's repressive observation (information only in German though, if I remember correctly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This museum is stuffed with detailed information and original exhibits from the time of GDR's repressive observation (information only in German though, if I remember correctly). The presentation mode unfortunately is a little outdated, being mostly type-written pieces of paper glued to posters - might be a good idea to use a more modern way of presentation and include English... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Visit the actual office of the Stasi secret police. It was preserved by the demonstrators in Oct. 1989. The 300,000 files on people, spy disguises, prison cells, cameras, listening devices, machines to steam open mail. Get the audio guide in English which costs 4 euros but admission is free. Nothing printed in English. You can even see a Stasi officer's... More 

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London, UK
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Near Cafe Baum, this is a free-entry small museum with some interesting exhibits showing the calculating and brutal nature of STASI activities. Audio guide available but NOT free if you need one.

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Southampton
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161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Here was based the state security system for 40 years, and the museum exposes the repressive communist regime which came to an end in 1989. It details the working methods, surveillance techniques, and how its tentacles reached into every part of society, including the post office and family life. Everything is authentic. You get a commentary in various languages for... More 

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

This museum could hardly be in a more appropriate place. In this very same building the former East-German Stati (abbrev. for Ministerium fuer Staatssicherheit = the Security Department) had their Leipzig office. And it was also this area where hundreds of thousands of people protested against the former DDR-regime in September and October in 1989. See the insanity, the old-fashioned... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Watch the inhumanity and facelessness of a system more interested in tracking its citizens than in developing the society.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Excellent museum that really helps you have a better understanding of life under surveillance. This former Stasi headquarters has been left to look the way it did 25 years ago. They say even the smell is the same. All the exhibits are in German, but you can rent an audio guide for 4 Euros each if you leave an ID... More 

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Before visiting I had no idea the extent of the Stasi intrusion into the lives of the ordinary people, even school children. Every piece of mail was intercepted and 36 million marks were stolen. To get the full story an audio device is a must, I left there thankful for the freedom that we in the west enjoy.

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Romanel, Switzerland
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you aren't fluent in German take an audio guide or you won't get the most from your visit. It is spine chilling to realise until when the secret police were in place and the extents to which they went. There is information about various aspects from the recruiting of school children to the disguises the spies wore. It makes... More 

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

If you've read Anna Funders Magic book, Stasiland, you will know this museum, if not, read it and go. This is the original home of the Stasi in Leipzig and shows in graphic detail not only what they were up to, but also, just how stupid it all was, right down to the wigs and smell collections. Must see.

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