Alltag in der DDR - Everyday Life in the GDR - Berlin
Free to enter, this museum offers a unique perspective on life in the GDR and is definitely worth a visit.
Entitled Alltag in der DDR (Everyday Life in the GDR), this free exhibition offers a glimpse behind the Berlin Wall and provides a real insight into how the East German people lived under the yoke of the communist dictatorship.
With over 600 square meters full of objects and artefacts you will be able to delve into the lives of real East Germans and learn how they made the most out of what they had. Especially interesting are the short films and video footage of interviews and everyday life. All of the text descriptions as well as the video subtitles are in English as well as German: just find the English flag and press the button.
Throughout this informative exhibition you will learn about everyday life, home and family as well as what they did for entertainment and social aspects of life. Although the majority of the exhibition deals with aspects of "normal life" it doesn't neglect the more sinister aspects of life in the GDR, including resistance, the Stasi (GDR Secret Police) and the military. A great deal of attention is also given to the role that the Communist Party had in virtually every aspect of life.
For example, the fashions available under the GDR regime were so uniform and unpopular that many women sewed their own clothes with individual fabrics, when available, to be able to wear fashions a little more stylish and individual, more like what was available in the West. Almost everyone drove the same car, a Trabbant, one ofwhich is also on display here along with an ingenious and popular tent bed that let people get away for some camping freedom.
You'll also see documentation on individuals and businesses, the work regime and the culture of life that came from the erection of the Berlin Wall and living under a dictatorship.
The Museum in the Kulturbrauerei is located in building 6.2 in the former brewery now known as the Kulturbrauerei. This informative exhibition can be found in one corner of its grounds right near the Knaackstraße entrance.
The museum is free to enter and lockers are available for bags and coats. The front desk also has many books and postcards for sale on the subject and is a great place to pick up some more information on the era.