The good bits: the location and Erich Mielke's offices in original condition (so we are told), the igenious and devious ways of using surveillance equipment on display(tree trunks, watering cans etc.).
The bad bits: very few of the displays are in English, and those that are give you an overview of DDR tactics that you can find on wikipedia rather than the details that should make a museum come to life. The experience would probably be quite different for German speakers as there are items that look quite interesting-if you knew what they were. However they have turned on the heating so high in there that you are grateful there is not too much to read, and can get a breath of fresh air.
We would recommend you go instead for a guided visit of the Stasi prison at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial. Our guide was an ex-inmate and brought history to life in dramatic surroundings.
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