The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (German: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen) is a museum and memorial located in Berlin's north-eastern Lichtenberg district in the locality of Alt-Hohenschönhausen, part of the former borough of Hohenschönhausen. It was opened in 1994 on the site of the main political prison of the former East German Communist Ministry of State Security, the Stasi.
Unlike many other government and military institutions in East Germany, Hohenschönhausen prison was not stormed by demonstrators after the fall of the Berlin Wall, allowing prison authorities to destroy evidence of the prison's functions and history. Because of this, today's knowledge of the functioning of the prison comes mainly from eye-witness accounts and documents sourced from other East German institutions. The prison was depicted in the 2006 film The Lives of Others. The museum is a member organisation of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.
The Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Gedenkstätte) was founded in the early 1990s by former inmates. The prison was listed as a historical site in 1992 and welcomed its first visitors in 1994. The Foundation is funded equally by both the German federal government and the Berlin state government.
The Foundation was initially headed by Dr. Gabriele Camphausen, then by Mechthild Günther, who served as provisional director until September 2000. Dr. Hubertus Knabe has since served as Executive Director.
The Foundation is open year-round, with hourly tours between 11:00 and 15:00 (10:00 - 16:00 weekends). English-speaking tours are done once-daily at 14:30. Visitors may tour in groups only, entrance fees range from 1 Euro (students) to 5 Euros (regular admission).