Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday, national holidays

October to March
11.00 – 17.00

April to September
11.00 – 17.00

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



Collection: Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR, Photo: Kevin Fuchs

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

Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR, Photo: 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



Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR, Photo: 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



Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR, Photo: 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 formen! Bauhaus-Moderne in der DDR
Herausgegeben vom Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR
Weimarer Verlag mbooks., 2019
160 S., zahlreiche, teils farbige Abbildungen,
23,00 Euro
ISBN-13: 978-3944425115

Alltag: DDR. Geschichten – Fotos – Objekte.
Herausgegeben vom 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.
Für das Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR hrsg. von Katja Böhme und Andreas Ludwig
239 S., zahlreiche, teils farbige Abb.Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau Verlag 2012
ISBN 978-3-412-20966-7, 19,90 Euro

Ankunft Eisenhüttenstadt.
Eine Stadt gegründet von Zuzüglern. Im Auftrag der Stadt Eisenhüttenstadt hrsg. von Axel Drieschner
144 S., zahlreiche, teils farbige Abbildungen, Eisenhüttenstadt 2015
Schutzgebühr: 5 Euro

Aufgehobene Dinge.
Verlag 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-Ausgabe, 3 (2006) H. 3,

Konsumgenossenschaften in der DDR.
Herausgegeben vom Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR204 S., zahlr., teils farbige Abb.Böhlau-Verlag, Köln/Weimar/Wien 2006
Preis: 19,90 Euro
ISBN 3-412-09406-4

Fenster zur Welt.
Eine Geschichte des DDR-Verlages Volk und Welt.
Herausgegeben im Auftrag des Dokumentationszentrums Alltagskultur der DDR von Simone Barck und Siegfried Lokatis unter Mitarbeit von Roland Links und Anja Augustin Berlin.
Ch. Links Verlag, 2. Aufl. 2003,
24,90 Euro
ISBN 3-86153-300-6D
Die Publikation erscheint im Rahmen und mit Förderung von Kulturland Brandenburg 2003 »Europa«.

abc des Ostens.
26 Objektgeschichten.62 S., zahlr. farbige Abbildungen
Cottbus: Regia-Verlag 2003,
4 Euro
ISBN 3-93609292-3


1953 – Ein Jahr in Politik und Alltag. Presseberichte aus Ost und West.
Begleitpublikation zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Dokumentationszentrum Eisenhüttenstadt, 2003 –
52 S.Die Publikation wurde ermöglicht durch die Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung

Tempolinsen und P 2.
Alltagskultur der DDR
Begleitbuch zur Ausstellung “Tempolinsen und P 2”
Berlin: be.bra Verlag 1996
ISBN 3-930863-13-8

Alltag und soziales Gedächtnis.
Die DDR-Objektkultur und ihre Musealisierung
Herausgegeben von Gerd Kuhn und Andreas Ludwig für das Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR
Hamburg: Ergebnisse Verlag 1997
ISBN 3-87916-036-8
Der Band versammelt die Beiträge einer Tagung zur Theorie, den Erfordernissen und Problemen der Musealisierung von Zeitgeschichte vor dem Hintergrund der Gründung des Dokumentationszentrums Alltagskultur der DDR.

Fortschritt, Norm und Eigensinn.
Erkundungen im Alltag der DDR
Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag 1999
ISBN 3-86153-190-9
Begleitbuch zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung

“Das Kollektiv bin ich …”
– Utopien und Alltag in der DDR.
Hrsg. von Franziska Becker, Ina Merkel, Simone Tippach-Schneider im Auftrag des Dokumentationszentrums Alltagskultur der DDR
Köln-Weimar-Wien: Böhlau Verlag 2000
206 Seiten, 60 s/w-Abbildungen
ISBN 3-412-13900-9
Begleitbuch zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung