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Museum in der Runden Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner)
Ranked #9 of 150 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.
Scarsdale, NY
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good exhibits, but...”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Some very good exhibits and information, and an important museum to see. However, it suffers from the "too much" syndrome; far too many items not well organized for the average tourist. Its also difficult to find, and thats too bad, as it could be a much more powerful museum if it were more "user friendly:. Even the specialist might feel it needs better flow and organization, as the displays contain so much excellent information but crowd movement in very small rooms can be distracting.

Visited July 2013
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Stasi Museum”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Not sure if this is the right one, but the Stasi museum in the original Stasi headquarters ("die Rund Ecke") is worth a visit. Make sure you get the English audio tape before you start. You'll need to go to the office to get it (up the stairs and down the hall to the left. The museum is not very high tech, but it gives you an authentic (this was the actual headquarters) insight into the warped mentality of "Übersicht" and the maniacal surveillance techniques used (we saw this during the Edward Snowden and post-wiki leaks affairs - so it's a good lesson on the extremes that governments can go to, without vigilance)

Visited July 2013
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Chilling but well worth a visit !”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This place is chilling both physically and metaphorically ! Built from sturdy granite, concrete and marble the building is impressive and cold, but that is nothing compared to the exhibits which send a chill down the spine when you view the exhibits and consider what happened in that building only a few years ago. The audio tour is excellent for only a few euros, but make certain you have some ID for use as a deposit for the audio machine ... shades of the past ?? Highly recommendable.

Visited July 2013
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The Netherlands
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“Impressive historic experience”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

A must see if you are in Leipzig to understand the history of former East Germany. Impressive overview on how the government monitored/ suppressed their own people.

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting, but don't miss school museum around the corner”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was an interesting museum. I had two young kids with me, so stopping to get serious info on the museum was not an option. I had read earlier reviews and found them helpful.

If you exit the museum and turn to the right, then walk 100 feet you will see a "Old School" museum. It also has free entrance. Enter on the ground floor and walk up a flight of stairs. Turn back to your right and just walk in. It was the highlight of my kids day. It shows what "old time" school was like for kids in Germany. There are old classrooms to tour, science tables, old uniforms and backpacks (my, Oh my how they have changed!).

NOT TO BE MISSED! Enjoy

Visited August 2013
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