My favorite of all the Berlin Museums! Save the oh-so-cool DDR for your last stop of the day so you end on a high note.
The DDR is not for the passive; You need to dig-in and experience life in Berlin Wall-era East Berlin, firsthand. You are encouraged to immerse yourself in life under the Stasi: open drawers, rummage through refrigerators, start crap cars, listen to cheesy music, watch propaganda TV in a typical dacha (below), sample the polyester fashion, etc. The creative minds behind this institution don’t bother to hide their mocking disdain for the former soviet state: tongue-in-cheek sarcasm lurks behind every cupboard.
I’ve never before seen people enjoy themselves so much at a museum. I’m guessing that, as whole, museum curators are not a fun group, but I would love to sit and have a cocktail or five with the DDR curators.