Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday, national holidays

October to March
11.00 – 17.00

April to September
10.00 – 18.00

School classes by arrangement

If the national holiday is on a Monday, the museum is open. Closed on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year, even on Mondays.

The exhibitions are barrier-free. An elevator and a barrier-free toilet are available.


Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR
Erich-Weinert-Allee 3
15890 Eisenhüttenstadt

Tel.: +49 (0)3364 – 41 73 55

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Adults: € 4
Concessions: € 2
Children aged under 7: free

Groups: (up to 20 people) € 40
School classes: € 1 per person
School project days: € 1 per pupil, plus € 15 for supervision

Group guided tours
(advance booking required):

Di – Fr: € 30 (school classes € 15)
Sat, Sun: € 50
Introduction: € 15 € (approx. 15 mins.)

Getting to the museum

Regional train:
– RE 1 every half hour from Berlin and Frankfurt (Oder)
– Hourly from Cottbus
Bus: Take any line from the station to the stop “Rathaus”

By car:
A 12 to junction Frankfurt (Oder)-Mitte/Eisenhüttenstadt
B 112 towards Eisenhüttenstadt
B 246 Beeskow – Eisenhüttenstadt
In Eisenhüttenstadt, follow the tourist signs to the museum



Depot: Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR

The collections of the Documentation Centre comprise about 170,000 objects that have been donated by ca. 2000 individuals. The collections broadly represent the everyday material culture of the GDR.


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The focus of the collection plan is laid on the material culture of the everyday. These are furniture, technical and household aplliances, clothing, consumer goods, work-related objects, objects related with politics, and others. But also photographs, documents, records and audio-tapes, posters and publications are regarded. The photo collection covers architecutre and city planning, housing and furniture, commerce and advertising.

Expert knowledge interviews are documented as well.

A collection of publications focusses on books in their original appearance (preserbing book covers) as well as complex corpora such as the book archives of the Volk & Welt publishing house, a public library and the library of the central Kulturbund club. Grey literature, information folders and user manuals are collected as well. The Documentation Centre holds a broad collection of magazines and newspapers.

The collection plan will concentrate on the acquisition of dense corpora with social and individual provenance in the future.

Object collections are useful only when documented. The Documentation Centre therefore wants to further “dense” documentation of material culture in a wider context of GDR history and aims to step by step provide a reliable “archive of material culture”.

The presentation of parts of the collections in the internet is planned.


Loan Enquiries

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Foto: Armin Herrmann

The extensive collection of the Documentation Centre is dedicated to the general public. Thus, in addition to preserving objects, their historical contextualisation and availability in public discourse are key elements of our work. This includes developing our own exhibitions and projects, as well as making our services and our own collections available to colleagues, including the loan of items from the collection to external exhibition projects.

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We look forward to your loan enquiries! These should be made at least four months before the planned loan period. Please briefly state the following points in your enquiry: exhibition concept, description of your institution and the exhibition conditions.

We will send potential borrowers a reply after a short period of internal consideration.


Britt Scheffler
Tel.: +49 (0)3364 – 41 73 55



Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Foto: Armin Herrmann

In addition to its collection of objects, the Documentation Centre has a large stock of specialist literature on a range of themes relating to the history and material culture of the GDR. The non-lending library is available to anyone interested. Please contact us before your visit.


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Tel.: +49 (0)3364 – 41 73 55



Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Foto: Armin Herrmann

With its collections, the Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR preserves a broad range of sources on material and visual culture, which can be used for external research purposes. The existing collections and the study library with historical and current specialist literature can be used for research and study purposes following prior arrangement.


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The Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR is involved in joint projects on cultural and contemporary historical research. From 2009-2012, it collaborated with the Cologne Institute of Conservation Studies on the project “Bewahren der DDR-Alltagskultur aus Plaste” (“Preserving Everyday GDR Culture Made of Plastics”). From 2013, the museum collaborated with the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam on the project “Materielle Kultur als soziales Gedächtnis einer Gesellschaft. Der Sammlungsbestand des Dokumentationszentrums Alltagskultur der DDR als Quelle für zeitgeschichtliche Forschung” (“Material Culture as the Social Memory of a Society. The Collection of the Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR – A Source of Historical Research”). (For further information, see:



All publications presented in this section can be bought on location at the museum shop. The museum also sends ordered museum catalogues, accompanying documents and printed matter by post. We look forward to receiving your enquiries:


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Alltag: DDR. Geschichten – Fotos – Objekte.
Edited by the Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR
Ch. Links Verlag, Berlin, 2012
335 S., zahlreiche Abbildungen,
19,90 Euro
ISBN: 978-3-86153-670-3

Alles aus Plaste.
Versprechen und Gebrauch in der DDR.
For the Documentation Centre Everyday Culture of the GDR edited by Katja Böhme and Andreas Ludwig
239 Seiten, zahlr., teils farb. Abb., 19,90 Euro (in German)
Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau Verlag 2012
ISBN: 978-3-412-20966-7

Ankunft Eisenhüttenstadt.
Eine Stadt gegründet von Zuzüglern. Im Auftrag der Stadt Eisenhüttenstadt hrsg. von Axel Drieschner
144 S., zahlreiche, teils farbige Abb.Schutzgebühr: 5 €

Aufgehobene Dinge.
Publisher: Karl-Robert Schütze,
Berlin 2011148 Seiten,
12 Euro
ISBN 978-3-928589-27-7

Andreas Ludwig, “Hunderte von Varianten“.
Das Möbelprogramm Deutsche Werkstätten (MDW) in der DDR,
in: Zeithistorische Forschungen / Studies in Contemporary History,
Online-edition, Vol. 3 (2006) No 3 (in German),

Konsumgenossenschaften in der DDR.
Edited by the Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR
204 S., zahlr., teils farbige Abb., 19,90 Euro (in German)
Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau Verlag 2006
ISBN 3-412-09406-4

Fenster zur Welt.
Eine Geschichte des DDR-Verlages Volk und Welt.

Edited for the Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR
by Simone Barck and Siegfried Lokatis
Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag, 2nd ed., 24,90 Euro (in German)
ISBN 3-86153-300-6

abc des Ostens.
62 S., zahlr. farbige Abbildungen, 4 Euro, (in German)
Cottbus: Regia-Verlag
ISBN: 3-93609292-3

1953 – Ein Jahr in Politik und Alltag.

Eisenhüttenstadt, 2003, 52 S.

Out of print

Tempolinsen und P 2.

Berlin: be.bra Verlag 1996
148 S., zahlr. Abb. (in German)
ISBN 3-930863-13-8

Out of print

Alltag und soziales Gedächtnis.
Edited for the Documentation Centre Everyday Culture of the GDR by Gerd Kuhn and Andreas Ludwig
240 S., zahlr. Abb. (in German)
Hamburg: Ergebnisse Verlag 1997
ISBN 3-87916-036-8

Out of print

Fortschritt, Norm und Eigensinn.

296 Seitern, zahlr. Abb. (in German)
Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag 1999
ISBN 3-86153-190-9

Out of print

“Das Kollektiv bin ich …”
– Utopien und Alltag in der DDR.

Edited by Franziska Becker, Ina Merkel and Simone Tippach-Schneider for the Documentation Centre Everyday Culture in the GDR
Köln-Weimar-Wien: Böhlau Verlag 2000
206 Seiten, 60 s/w-Abbildungen (in German)
ISBN 3-412-13900-9

Out of print