The interactive DDR Museum or GDR Museum in Berlins Mitte district is one of the most visited museums in Berlin.
Expect a journey back in time and deep insights into life in the former German Democratic Republic.
In this guide, learn everything you need to know before your visit. Read about the exhibition, admission, tickets and opening hours as well as the history of the DDR Museum.
Things to do at the DDR Museum
Look forward to history you can touch, because the DDR Museum brings the time of socialist Germany to life with over 300,000 different objects in its inventory.
Learn all about life in the German Democratic Republic through interactive installations and authentic originals that can be touched and tried out.
1. Visit the Exhibition
The permanent exhibition “Alltag eines vergangenen Staates zum Anfassen" ("Everyday life of a past state at your fingertips") is divided into more than 45 thematic areas, which are spread over an exhibition area of 1000 m². Touring the museum, you will get a deep insight into 40 years of the GDR.
The exhibition is divided into the following three main areas:
- Public life
- State and ideology
- Life in the Plattenbau
Highlights include a Trabi driving simulation in an original Trabant P 601, a faithfully furnished Plattenbau apartment with five rooms and the monumental mural "In Praise of Communism”. In addition, you can learn more about the Stasi's wiretapping techniques.
Thanks to playful teaching of history, numerous interactive experiences, and the opportunity to touch many of the exhibits, the family museum is also a good option for families with children.
2. Special Exhibitions
The museum offer is regularly enriched by a variety of special exhibitions.
For information on current and upcoming special exhibitions, please visit
3. Events at the DDR Museum
In addition to the permanent exhibition, the DDR Museum holds regularly changing events in the conference room that deal with various aspects of the GDR. The diverse program of events includes concerts, readings, theater, and panel discussions.
- You can find information about current and upcoming events
4. Motorbike Exhibition
Also part of the DDR Museum is the DDR Motorrad Museum (GDR Motorcycle Museum) in the building at Rochstraße 14 between Hackescher Markt and Alexanderplatz.
On an area of 800 square meters, you can admire more than 130 restored motorbikes, mopeds and scooters from 40 years of the GDR.
- Important: To visit the motorbike exhibition, you need to buy a separate entrance ticket or a combined ticket. For more information, see "Entrance, Tickets & Tours".
Entrance, Tickets and Tours for the DDR Museum Berlin
- Entrance: The DDR Museum is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. Children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.
- Tickets: If you want to avoid queues at the ticket office, we advise you to buy an online ticket. Buy your ticket
- Combined Ticket: There is a combined ticket that allows you to enter the DDR Museum as well as the Motorbike Exhibition. Online tickets are available
- Ticket Motorbike Exhibition: To visit the Motorcycle Exhibition, you must purchase a dedicated admission ticket. Find tickets and prices here.
- Travelers' Tip: If you are interested in Berlin at the time of the GDR and would like to discover important original sites and museums in the former East and West Berlin on your own, we recommend the audio guide app Berlin - Divided City by
How to get to the DDR Museum in Berlin?
- From Alexanderplatz: Take the U-Bahn U5 and get off after two stops at "U Museumsinsel (Berlin)". From there it is only a few steps. Alternatively, you can reach the museum after an approximately 12-minute walk from Alexanderplatz.
- From Potsdamer Platz: The easiest way is to take bus 300. Get on at the stop "Varian-Fry-Str" and go six stops to "U Museumsinsel (Berlin)". After a few steps you will reach the DDR Museum.
FAQ about the DDR Museum Berlin
The DDR Museum is located in Berlin-Mitte in the City-Quartier DomAquarée. It is located directly on the banks of the River Spree. The address is: Vera Britain Ufer, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany.
The DDR Museum is open all year round. It can be visited daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
At the DDR Museum in Berlin, you can learn all about life in the German Democratic Republic through interactive installations and authentic originals that can be touched and tried out.
Highlights include the Trabi driving simulation in an original Trabant P 601, a faithfully furnished Plattenbau apartment with five rooms and the monumental mural "In Praise of Communism". In addition, you can learn more about Stasi surveillance and its wiretapping techniques.
History and Facts about the DDR Museum
The DDR Museum (in English: GDR Museum) was ceremonially opened on July 14, 2006. The idea of founding a DDR Museum came to the ethnologist, Peter Kenzelmann Kenzelmann, after his trip to Berlin. When he wanted to visit a DDR museum, he learned that there was no such museum in Berlin. For this reason, he turned to the current museum director, Robert Rückel, and made the decision to create a museum that would convey the everyday culture in the GDR.
The museum's exhibition was an immediate success. In the very first year, 180,000 people flocked to the museum to explore life in the GDR in all its facets. Due to its innovative exhibition design, which is unique worldwide, the DDR Museum has already been nominated twice for the European Museum of the Year Award.
Today, the DDR Museum is one of the most visited museums and most popular sights in Berlin. According to a survey by the German National Tourist Board, it is the most popular museum in Germany among foreign tourists.
Contact & Map
- Address: DDR Museum Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Public Transport: U5 to "U Museumsinsel (Berlin)".
- Website: DDR-museum.de/en
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