On an area of 1,500 square metres, exhibits from the history and everyday life in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) can be viewed from the areas of kindergarten, school and the world of work to the areas of living, shopping, holidays, sports and leisure. This provides authentic insights into the reality of life for people in the GDR.
In addition to the many exhibits, the museum also offers the opportunity to listen to music from the GDR or try out musical instruments.
Before it was called "The World of the GDR" and was located in Dresden's Neustadt district, the DDR Museum had already existed in Radebeul since 2006. Until its insolvency, the Radebeul Museum of "GDR Contemporary History" was able to collect over 60,000 exhibits, as well as 140 vehicles from the GDR, on an area of 3,500 square metres. The retail entrepreneur Peter Simmel bought up the Radebeul collection in order to preserve the GDR objects along with their historical and social value. Since January 2017, the museum "The World of the GDR" has been located in the Simmel Tower on Albertplatz.
The museum is barrier-free and there are places to sit down and take a breath.