The Stasimuseum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS). On 7 November 1990, it opened the Research Centre and Memorial at Normannenstrasse with an exhibition titled “Against the Sleep of Reason”. House 1, later named the Stasi Museum, has been open to the public ever since.
The museum is operated by the Antistalinistische Aktion Berlin-Normannenstraße (ASTAK). Since 1990, ASTAK has shown different exhibitions, providing information about the State Security and how its activities affected the GDR population. The permanent exhibition “State Security in the SED Dictatorship,” which the association created jointly with the Stasi Records Agency, opened in House 1 in January 2015.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, on 15 January 1990 GDR citizens procured access to the site of the secret police, and helped to stop the destruction of the Stasi files. Today, the central archive in “House 7” is still open to the public. Around 111 km of records, index cards, images and sound files are stored here. You can receive guided tours of the premises.
Beginning in summer 2016 an open-air exhibition will provide information about the history of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, along with the history and consequences of change. The central focus is on the fates of people who lived in the GDR.