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School classes

For excursions and school trips, the German Spy Museum, with its unique mix of edutainment, offers an ideal starting point for exploring the history of espionage in an interactive and multimedia way.

The more than 3,000 square meter permanent exhibition takes your students on a journey through time into the history of espionage: starting with the first ciphers in antiquity, through military reconnaissance in the two world wars and a focus on espionage in the bipolar world to NSA discussions and Big data in the present.

While the students marvel at unique secret service equipment, they learn about the methods of the Stasi. Top Cold War agents tell their stories, intelligence experts put them in order. Unique multimedia installations let the young people think about data protection and how they deal with social networks. Even those who don't like sports will enthusiastically prove their skills in the laser course.

Your contact person

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Tel. 030 39 8200 45-0

Didactic offers for school classes

1. Overview tours

Most school groups book our one-hour or 90-minute overview tour, which covers all subject areas of the exhibition.

2. Focus tours

We can tailor our guided tours to your lessons. We currently offer the following main areas as standard:


From the Enigma to a secure password

The tour is dedicated to the early manual encryption techniques, introduces the mechanization of cryptography with the groundbreaking ENIGMA and finally questions supposedly secure passwords today.

The Cold War

The heyday of espionage in the bipolar world

Günter Guillaume, Karl-Heinz Kurras, Topas - the Cold War was mainly fought by spies. Did espionage prevent the hot war or prolong the cold war? The tour focuses on the effects of the divided world and in particular the situation of the two German states on the work of the secret services.


The capital of spies

Berlin at the interface of the bipolar world was considered the capital of spies. The tour highlights conspiratorial apartments, the exchange of agents and surveillance devices then and now.

Data collector

Data protection, big data and social media

Thousands of data are collected about each of us every day. The tour focuses on the historical development as well as the big scandals and shows who collects data about us and what information we voluntarily share in social networks.


We offer the following special conditions for school classes:


  • Overview tour 60 minutes 55 €
  • Intensive overview tour 90 minutes 80 €
  • Focus tour 60 minutes 65 €
  • Group room per person and hour € 1

All tour prices are valid for a maximum of 25 people, several tours may have to be booked.

Further information in our educational offers

Project days in cooperation with the BStU

Together with the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Documents, the German Spy Museum offers project days. Both institutions are visited for this purpose.

Capital of the spies

Reconnaissance at original locations

This theme focuses on locations in divided Berlin before 1989. The term “spy” is given a broader meaning and partly includes unofficial employees of the MfS. The order of the institutions is determined in consultation with the teachers.

Program in the Stasi headquarters. Campus for Democracy

  • The former site of the MfS in Lichtenberg: site tour
  • Self-employed student activity with copies from Stasi files
  • Topic folder 3 (failed tunnel escape) and source 4 (surveillance and imprisonment of a man for “illegally establishing contact” with Western correspondents), as well as excerpts from the Stasi educational film “Auditor” are possible.

Program in the German Spy Museum

  • Secret service centers in Berlin: location of western secret services in the city; Explanation pattern for the exposed position of Berlin in the global political context and the consequences for western secret services
  • Agents, double spies and defectors: short biography, impact and significance of the spies, how the intelligence services deal with them, exposure and the consequences
  • Secret service methods: eavesdropping, postal control, interrogation, kidnapping; Brief description of different methods and instruments used by intelligence services

Intelligence and secret services in democracy and dictatorship

This topic focuses on the functions of intelligence services and MfS to maintain their respective social systems. There are comparative considerations. The order of the institutions takes place in consultation with the teachers.

German Spy Museum program

  • Founding of the secret services after 1949, East and West in comparison
  • Legal basis in comparison
  • Control mechanisms and bodies in comparison
  • The leaders: ministers / presidents in comparison

Program in the Stasi headquarters. Campus for Democracy

  • Extent and special features of the Stasi legacy: archive management; Guided tour through certain rooms of the permanent exhibition "State Security in the SED Dictatorship"; Small groups develop the permanent exhibition themselves with appropriate tasks.
  • Independent student activity with copies from Stasi files, work in small groups according to given tasks.

Project days costs

Groups of up to 25 people

  • Cooperation special price entrance 5 € / person
  • Additional program (guided tour and workshop): 100 € flat rate
  • For example with 20 people: 200 €

Groups over 25 people

  • Entry 5 € / person
  • Special cooperation price for additional program (guided tour and workshop): € 150 flat rate
  • For example, 30 people: 300 €

Museum quiz for schoolchildren (secondary level II)

PDF - 26 questions - 200KB


Museum quiz for schoolchildren (secondary level I)

PDF - 26 questions - 250KB