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“Small but interesting”

Museum in der Runden Ecke
Ranked #9 of 156 things to do in Leipzig
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Owner description: Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these police documents and their surveillance equipment to the public.
Reviewed January 5, 2013

This museum is located in the actual building that the Stasi occupied. It contains a large number of historical artifacts relating to the Stasi in East Germany including machines they used to steam-open citizens' post, wire-tap machines and covert cameras and disguises that spies would wear to change their appearance.

It is a relatively small museum but takes about 90mins to see all the exhibits properly. To get the most out of the museum I would certainly recommend doing the audio tour, particularly if you do not speak German. It costs €3 and comes in English, French and Italian languages. The museum is free of charge, apart from the audio guide.

Thank cyprusboy
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

This museum I had wanted to go to for a while based on the referral of a friend, and I was at first kind of disappointed when I walked in and saw the museum, because it is not very flashy and looks like it will be kind of boring. The audio guide is a must if you are English speaking, as everything is in German, but also it is a good choice because it provides a concise and yet thorough overview of the material in the museum, so you can look at the photographs and artifacts while listening to the commentary. I found the information really disturbing, fascinating, and provocative- definitely makes you think. Not too big or overwhelming either, and every down-to-earth. Definitely if you are in Leipzig worth the visit- and it is free also! (3 euro for audio guide) And watch the Lives of Others before or after!

Thank marmot55
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

For anyone with an interest in East German history, a visit to this museum is a must.

Set in the former Stasi HQ, the free museum provides a good overview of the way in which East Germans were subjected to endless surveillance and repression in their daily lives. There are numerous exhibits which show the extreme lengths to which the Stasi would go to spy on ordinary people. Miniature cameras, often hidden the most unlikely places, sound recording devices and even attempts at identification using personal smells were all in the Stasi surveillance armoury. This museum shows all of these techniques, plus some punishment prison cells for those detained.

Allow at least an hour for this “atmospheric” building, which also saw the start of the uprising in 1989 leading to the peaceful revolution and ultimately German reunification. You can get an idea of the exhibits by touring the building, but as the information is only in German, hire an audio guide (3 Euro) if you want detailed information in English on what is shown. Toilets are available in the museum.

2  Thank WorcesterLinda
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Upon entering the museum it is like walking into the past. It is great that the museum actually preserved the actual condition as it was back in the days of the DDR. It is not like the other museums which have polished parkett floorings and a glossy look.

You can rent an audio guide in English which is good, unless you have a good command of German.

For me I felt the museum to be a little dry as I had little knowledge of the Stasi and how it affected the people in East Germany. It was interesting to see the tools and techniques that were used to spy on people, however it would be nice if they had also some examples on who the victims were and what happened to them.

Only after watching "The Life of the Others" could I then further relate the exhibits displayed. It would have been more interesting for me if I would have watched the film earlier or have more knowledge about the Stasi and the DDR.

If you have the time, I would recommend also taking a look at the School Museum in the same building with the entrance just behind which has a similar concept.

For families visiting, just a note that the museum is not stroller friendly due to the stairs and the small corridors.

Thank Squaluz
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a unique museum documenting the DDR years in Leipzig and the fall of the Socialist Unity Party. It's in the actual headquarters of the Ministry of State Security. A typical bureaucrat's office has been preserved, and it's said that the building even smells the same (of dusty paper and linoleum).
There is much spyware on display, including long range spy cameras, wigs and disguises, and propaganda. The last room includes what look like large boulders. In reality they are paper pulp, created from files on dissidents disposed of when the DDR fell in 1989. There is a lot to read, so if you don't read German you'll want the English audio guide, available in the office, which is down the hall and not obvious.

Thank belo
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