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“Some interesting material, but poorly displayed” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie)

Berlin Wall Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie)
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Ranked #113 of 798 things to do in Berlin
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Museum focusing on the history surrounding the Berlin Wall, including an exhibit of instruments people used to escape.
Soham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Some interesting material, but poorly displayed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

I felt this museum badly needs some fresh thinking by the curator(s). It simply contains too much material, much of it in the form of text displayed on wall panels; given the small rooms in the Museum Haus and the degree of crowding, it was often impossible to stand and read them without blocking the flow of people. The story of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall is a fascinating one, and for the casual visitor it would surely be better to tell the tale in its bare essentials, concentrating on artefacts, while making the more detailed material available to serious students of political history, perhaps through touchscreen technology. It was also expensive (even with the Berlin Welcome Card discount) and, on a hot day, stifling, even with fans running in every room. I'm afraid I wimped out before getting all the way round.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

What could be the best experience of our stay in Berlin was very disappointing. In a building that was too small, they simply tried to explain too much. The story of the wall (die mauer) is impressive enough without side steps to several geopolitical issues. This visit was the low point in an otherwise excellent day in Berlin

Visited August 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Crowded and in need of updating, I would avoid”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Far too crowded and information was displayed poorly and in a way that did not aid reading the displays, far too often typefaces were too small etc.

Some larger exhibits - cars etc that were used in escapes were fairly good but overall not a very good experience.

Visited July 2013
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glasgow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good and bad - too hot and broken exhibits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Mixed feelings about our visit. Very interesting stories to read, fascinating tales of escape. But it's too hot! Why on earth can't they buy a handful of ac cassettes and cool the place down?! Wouldn't cost much. Worst was the number of displays with absent earphones or ones not working - couldn't hear half the commentaries. That felt shabby. Hence only average. Sort ourselves out and stop ripping visitors off!

Visited August 2013
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Wilton, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Interesting history of the wall and of the escapes associated with it. I probably would have given it another star but this place needs air conditioning. Dangerously hot in the summer.

Visited August 2013
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