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Review of Stasi Museum

Stasi Museum
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Fee: Yes
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.
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

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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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Firstly, I always recommend cycling as the best means of transport when visiting Berlin. A visit to this fascinating museum by bike also has the added value of the experience of the eastern neighbourhoods where people lived and still live around the massive Stasi HQ enclosure. At August 2013 entry fees were 5 Euros each with an additional Euro for permission to photograph- which we paid without a gripe as this is such a rich but inadequately funded archive, housed in the former Stasi headquarters and comprising Erich Mielke's private office suites complete with kitchen and washrooms, conference facilities and even instructions as to how he liked his breakfast cooked- a strict 4.5 minutes for his boiled egg...There is so much here, so simply and powerfully presented that the oppressive nature of the Stasi's reach is palpable. The retention of original fixtures and fittings, padded doors, wood panelling and even sickly looking plants, is what makes this so special. The detail extends to a chilling peep inside a vehicle equipped with cells, personal histories, equipment and techniques and the fascinating spy-ware: buttonhole cameras, infrared lined Trabants, and even watering cans and tree trunks kitted with cameras and sound recording equipment. The extent of the Stasi operation was about 1 in 5 either informing, volunteering or otherwise serving the SED Ministry for State Security. Some 90,000 people worked for or were connected to Stasi and it operated from 1950 until 1989. The homely touch of net curtains throughout, even in the vehicles, make it all the more sinister. In this day and age it puts an interesting prism through which to view the Snowden and Manning cases. If you're holidaying in Berlin then you know this great metropolis comes with rich and not always lighthearted layers of history. That's what makes it so fascinating and it's the key to the city's resilience. This is one of its gems and well worth a trip.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

There isn't much advertising for this museum and not much is said about it in guidebooks but it is well worth a visit. It is easy to get to, the nearest train station just a few minutes away. The entry fee was very reasonable. Not all of the exhibits have English translations but this is not a problem as the displays speak for themselves. A must see in Berlin.

Thank Deeg3
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Definitely worth a visit if you like soviet architecture and easy to access from the subway. Really enjoyed the office rooms which are all preserved and the building itself, lots of very interesting exhibits

Thank Sara28London
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

The museum has done an excellent job of recreating the feel of the old Stasi. It is eerie to walk around and get a sense of the thinking and harsh edge view of the world that prevailed here at that time. I liked it because while it brought all of the horror of that time into clear view, it was not overwhelming like some other museums. If you visit Berlin you really should go.

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