updated on 30.12.2020
Stasi Museum closed until January 31, 2021
Due to the Infection Protection Ordinance of the State of Berlin, the museum will remain closed at least until January 31, 2021.
New: Online seminars for groups
Join us live for an interactive tour through our exhibition. On the basis of selected exhibits you will learn more about the function and methods of the Stasi. Ask live questions and get into conversation with our guides.
For more information, to schedule and bookings, please contact at email@example.com.
Welcome to the Stasi Museum Berlin
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 erected in 1960-61 as the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR.
On 15 January 1990 demonstrators took over the Stasi headquarters. A week later, the Central Round Table, a committee made up of representatives of the SED dictatorship and civil rights groups, decided that a “memorial and research centre on GDR Stalinism” should be established in House 1. When nothing came of this declaration of intent, members of the Berlin citizens’ committee and other civil rights activists took action and began securing the historic site. In August they founded the association “Antistalinistische Aktion e.V.” (ASTAK). On 7 November 1990, it opened the Research Centre and Memorial at Normannenstrasse with an exhibition titled “Against the Sleep of Reason”. House 1, later named the Stasi Museum, has been open to the public ever since.
The offices of Erich Mielke are preserved in their original condition and form the centrepiece of the historic site.