In Erich Mielke, the home of the last Minister of State Security, the exhibition on three floors shows the development, development and activity of state security. There are numerous objects such as special cameras, bugs, burglar tools or devices for the secret opening of letters presented. Selected examples from Stasi files document the activities of the MfS. Erich Mielkes's offices are still in their original state.
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.
Since 1990, ASTAK has shown different exhibitions, providing information about the State Security and how its activities affected the GDR population. The permanent exhibition “State Security in the SED Dictatorship,” which the association created jointly with the Stasi Records Agency, opened in House 1 in January 2015.
The museum is accessible for wheelchair users by the seperate entrance with an automatic door left from the main entrance (see image).
There you can reach the lift to the exhibitions and a stairlift to the restroom and the entrance hall.
HOW TO REACH
Arriving by public transportation
You can get here by taking the underground line U-5 from Alexanderplatz to the Magdalenenstrasse Station, use the exit at Ruschestrasse.
You can also take the Ring-S-Bahn to the Frankfurter Allee Station and then either transfer to the U5 in the direction of Hönow for one stop or simply walk the short distance to the museum (ca. 10 minutes by foot).
Please look at the map for more detailed directions.
Travel time from Alexanderplatz: 15 min
Travel time from Potsdamer Platz: 30 min
Travel time from the Zoo Station: 35 min
More information about the public transport system is found on the Berlin transport services Web site.
If you plan to visit the Hohenschönhausen Memorial afterwards, you can find informations how to get there here.
Arriving by car/coach
When arriving by car, take Karl-Marx-Allee (later Frankfurter Allee, B1/B5) from Alexanderplatz and turn left onto Ruschestrasse (see map). The driveway entrance to our museum appears on the right after 200 metres.
Parking places for coaches are available on the inner courtyard of the grounds directly in front of the museum.
Reduced (university students, trainees, senior citizens): 6,00€
Pupils (12 years of age and older): 3,00€
Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1