Everyday Life in the GDR – permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition "Everyday Life in the GDR” shows aspects of East German reality in peoples private and working lives.

What was everyday life like in Communist East Germany?

The permanent exhibition “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows aspects of East German reality in peoples private and working lives.

It focuses on the multifaceted conflict between daily life, which individuals experienced very differently, and the political system, which constrained this everyday life through ideological targets, control and compulsion.

The exhibition consists of around 80 original objects as well as documents, film and sound recordings and biographical reports.

The tense relationship between political expectations and everyday reality is clearly illustrated. The exhibition draws attention to life in a collective: mass organisations and workers’ collectives net the pace of daily life during and after work.

By offering recreational and cultural activities, they created a feeling of togetherness and cohesion, but at the same time they served as a means of social control.

The exhibition also shows numerous examples of people who overcame the shortages through private initiatives and creative ideas.

Museum in der Kulturbrauerei Berlin

Everyday Life in the GDR

Our permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime … @KwetterMik. Vandaag hebben we de Kulturbrauerei (‘Alltag in der DDR’), de Berlijnse Muur en het Tränenpalast bekeken.