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THE WALL MUSEUM BERLIN

If you are visiting Berlin and are looking for a great exhibition I can very much recommend the WALL MUSEUM at the East Side Gallery in Berlin. I had friends over from the US with underaged kids. We went to the East Side Gallery and happend upon the Museum by chance. We had a bite at PIRATES and overheard people talking. So we got curious and just walked up to the museum and checked it out. It is an exhibition about the Berlin Wall, its history, the politics, its purpose and spectacular fall. It gives the visitors interesting insights and memorabilia that probably most of us didn't know about.
Very well curated and modern: Loads of multimedia and TVs where you can watch some short clips that give intersting tid bits like interviews with eye witnesses, interviews etc. The texts are all very concise and easy to understand even for people that might not know much about German History. My friends are both history buffs and enjoyed the exhibition tremendously. And the kids liked it too, especially because the rooms are a bit like a labyrinth. Every room is dedicated to a specific content and one room for example is furnished like a living room in the GDR. The view over the river Spree of course is amazing even though in this particular case it is also the place where people that tried to flee the GDR met with their deaths. The exhibiton is def. worth a visit. The staff is very friendly and tries to answer any questions. The only downside: it was a bit warm. Due to the many TVs in the rooms the space felt overheated. But since the whole exhibition is not very large - I like that they went for quality rather than quantity - you might spend about 1h to 1,5h tops in there, which is agreeable. I can certainly recommend this exhibition over the Checkpoint Charlie Museum on Friedrichstrasse. We had been there a couple of days earlier and my friends, who normally are very easy to satisfy were appalled and disappointed. If you have to decide on which exhibition to visit that gives you insights into the German history of the WALL, go and check out the one at the East Side Gallery. Def. more bang for your buck.

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