In subsequent exhibition rooms the structure of power in the GDR, the so-called “socialist way of life” in the 1970s and the different oppositional milieus in the 1980s are debated. The permanent exhibition starts with information about the new city of Eisenhuettenstadt. All exhbition rooms are connected by a “chronology in objects” covering the years between the end of WW II and the fall of the Berlin wall.

Several hundred objects, photographs and documents are presented in the permanent exhibition, combined with audio-visual material, oral-history interviews and digitized basic information about the GDR. An audio-guide provides “object stories” of 33 selected artifacts presented.

A 335-page catalogue accompanying the permanent exhibition is published by Ch. Links Verlag publishers, Berlin (in German).

A short printed guide through the exhibition is available in English.