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“Great overview of the Secret Police State”
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Stasi Museum
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Private Berlin 3.5-Hour Walking Tour: Cold War In Berlin
Ranked #44 of 818 things to do in Berlin
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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 hidden infra red beamers for photographs at night.
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great overview of the Secret Police State”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

The museum is a little bit away from the center of town - easily accessible by subway. Unfortunately, the three touristic maps that we had stopped just short of the area of the museum - still, it was not difficult to find. Building is part of a large complex - all of which used to be controlled by the Stasi. From what I could see, many of the buildings have been put to other uses (doctor's offices, etc). The museum itself is in te building at the end of the yard, next to the Stasi archives.
The exhibition is large, mostly bilingual (English/German) and gives a good overview of the history of the former East German secret police. While I would have preferred more emphasis on the methods, the variety of devices and gadgets is mind boggling.
The building itself and the furniture are a prime example of late comunist architecture and design.
The building housed the administrative offices of the Stasi so don't expect cells and torture chambers. The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is located a short walk + tram ride away and is not to be missed - a real prison complete with interrogation chambers, cells, barbed wire etc.

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A detailed insight on Stasi”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The museum offers a well-selected range of materials to understand the Stasi operations. It is neither overwhelming (and it's a feat considering the quantity of material Stasi left to deal with) nor too swift.
To reach the 5 stars, it should have all narrations translated in English (there are some, but you miss a good 50% if you don't know German).
In my opinion a must-visit in Berlin, especially because it's along the classic Berlin Wall itinerary and ... it's totally free!

Visited March 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“There's someone lookin' at you”
Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Another u bahn trip to a pretty ugly side of town. High rise flats lead to a dull insignificant building that was once a feared place. I found the museum quite boring even though I am interested in the subject matter. It didn't help that none of the signs explained what the exhibits were in English.

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“Amateur, but passionate made museum ”
Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Lacking focus and overview, this small museum maybe needs funding to update it and make it a wholesome experience.
Interresting thoughts about the STASI, GDR and the youth's rebellion, an 80'ties office and some surveillance apparatus dosen't a museum make.
Lots of information isn't translated from German.
Its a shame for the history of germany and the Cold war that this subject haven't attracted decent funding and museummakers.

Thank Allan D
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Necessary visit.”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

To understand East Germany you really need to see the Stasi prison. Guided tour absolutely excellent. Students astrounded.

Visited February 2013
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