I am thoroughly obsessed with everything related to the Cold War, and have developed quite the interest for the former GDR. At the Stasimuseum, visitors can learn about the intense practices of the states secret police. Since 1990, the museum has been showing various exhibitions, providing information about the State Security and how its activities affected the people of the Germany Democratic Republic.
What really leaves an impression at the museum is the authenticity of its estate. The Stasimuseum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS). The building was constructed in 1960-61 and established as the offices of Erich Mielke, the Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR. His offices are preserved in their original condition and form the centerpiece of the historic site.
After the Berlin Wall came down, citizens of Berlin secured the house and decided to make the whole complex a Research Center and Memorial, while House 1 became the Stasimuseum.
The exhibition is worth a visit on a grey Sunday afternoon in Berlin and interesting for both children and adult visitors.
The museum offers public guided tours in English every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 3 pm. No extra charge, no booking required.