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The DDR Museum of Berlin is a hands-on exhibition about life in former East Germany which gives visitors the chance to see and interact with objects from the eastern side of the Berlin Wall. With three major themes covering public and private life, and recreations of homes, cinemas, a nursery, and a prison cell, visitors will leave having been immersed in the sights and sounds of the time.
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4 tips for visiting the DDR Museum

Berlin WelcomeCard | Photo: Unsplash, Viktor Bystrov - CC BY-SA 2.0
Save with a combo ticketVisitors receive a reduced entrance fee to the DDR Museum with the Berlin WelcomeCard. It also includes local transport and 200 other attractions can be visited at a lower price. The museum visit is included in the Berlin WelcomeCard all inclusive.
Objects from the times of the GDR | Photo: Flickr, dilettantiquity - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Back to the pastTake a look into the past with the database of the DDR Museum. More than 300,000 objects from the GDR era are already stored in the warehouse. Of these, just 13,000 objects can be found in the online collection - a fraction of the treasures the museum has to offer! Since the museum depends on object donations, it also explicitly asks for donations of desired objects.
Buy your ticket onlineIf you make your purchase online, you can enter the exhibitions directly and save yourself the trouble of queuing at the entrance. This is particularly advantageous on busy days, such as during the summer vacations.
Enjoy the later hoursIn order to enjoy the exhibition in peace, you should plan your visit after 5 pm. Even though the last possible entrance is not timed, you should arrive at least one hour before closing time.
DDR Museum from outside | Photo: Flickr, Kai Wegner - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Experience the world of that time

In 2006, the privately funded DDR Museum opened and has since become the largest, interactive museum dedicated to the history of Berlin. The museum offers 45 thematic areas in the permanent exhibition on an exhibition space of over 10.000 ft² (1000 m²).
Slab construction in the DDR Museum | Photo: Flickr, Dage - Looking For Europe - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Go on a discovery tour

The past is taught in the DDR Museum both interactively and scientifically well-founded. Through the permanent exhibition “Everyday life of a past state to touch” one comes closer to the history of the Berlin Wall and the function of the Stasi. The museum exhibits authentic originals and works with many interactive installations.
Trabant 601 inside the DDR Museum | Photo: Ulmon - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

History at your fingertips

The interactive installations of the DDR Museum illustrate a life at the time of the GDR. Due to the playful structure, the permanent exhibition is also suitable for the youngest visitors. In addition to interactive games and numerous toys from GDR times, there is also a Trabi driving simulator - needless to say, the ride takes place in an original Trabant P601.

The highlight

The DDR Museum has been divided into the sections “State and Ideology”, “Public Life” and “Life in the Plattenbau”. In addition to the many exhibits up for grabs, there is a fully furnished five-room apartment in the last mentioned area. In this, visitors can move around freely and experience everyday life at the time.

The AquaDome damage

Since the DDR Museum is located in the same building complex of the CityQuartier DomAquarée, it was also affected by the 264.000 gallon (1 million liters) of salt water damage of the AquaDome. The former AquaDome highlight burst in the early morning hours of 16.12.2022, from as yet inexplicable causes. A third of the museum's surface was caught by the water - exhibits were damaged and the ceiling collapsed partially. Due to the destruction of the AquaDom and parts of the building, technical installations were out of order. This required also a ompletely reconstruction of the slab construction. The DDR Museum has been reopened on 01.04.2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the DDR Museum barrier-free accessible?

Since the Spreepromenade is not barrier-free, the wheelchair-accessible entrance to the museum is proceeded via a side entrance. For the purpose of handling, a notification must be given to the museum before arrival by telephone. Except for the platform of the Trabant driving simulator, the permanent exhibition of the DDR Museum is barrier-free. Read more.

Are there any parking facilities?

The DomAquarée building complex offers paid parking spaces. The parking ticket costs 2 € per hour, the maximum daily price is 22 €, payment can be made in cash or paid by credit card. The parking garage is accessible 24 hours a day. Read more.

Is it allowed to take food into the museum?

It is not permitted to consume food inside the exhibition rooms of the DDR Museum. Snacks purchased from the museum store must be consumed outside the museum premises. Read more.

Is it allowed to carry bags and backpacks during the tour?

Small luggage may be taken into the DDR Museum. Read more.

Is an audio guide available at this attraction?

The DDR Museum does not offer an audio guide, but there is an explanatory book for the permanent exhibition in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese. It can be purchased either as e-book at a price of 5 € or on site at the ticket office. Read more.

What do I have to consider when booking a ticket?

Tickets purchased online are only valid on the specified day and cannot be refunded or rebooked. Please also note that discounts such as the Berlin Welcome Card or the student discount cannot be taken into account when booking online. Read more.

Can dogs be taken into the DDR museum?

No, animals are not allowed inside the building. An exception is made for certified service dogs only. Read more.

Is it allowed to take photos and videos of the museum?

Videos and photos may be taken for personal purposes. Commercial uses must be approved in advance by the Press Office. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The DDR Museum is open daily, including Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 9 pm. Please note that the museum closes at 4 pm on the 24.12. as well as on 24th of December.


Tickets can be purchased on site at a price of 12.50 € per person. Children under the age of 6 can visit the DDR Museum free of charge.


Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1
10178 Berlin


Pupils, trainees, students as well as volunteers get a reduced ticket for 7 € on site. By showing the disabled ID, the ID holder will receive reduced admission. Please note that corresponding IDs must be shown.

how to get there

The Museum is located on the bank of the Spree river and can be reached by descending the flight of stairs by the Liebknechtbrücke, opposite Berlin Cathedral. To reach the bridge via public transport you can take the S- and U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz (S3, S5, S7, S9, or U2, U5, or U8), the S-Bahn to Hackescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, or S9), buses 100, 200, 248, M48, TXL, or trams M5, M4, or M6 to Spandauer Straße.
Miriam Dewam
Written byMiriam DewamMiriam is keen on traveling and has a passion for photography, which she can enhance through her cross-media studies. She uses her knowledge as well as first hand experience from diverse travels to help other travellers as a content creator at TicketLens.
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