On 15 January 1990, thousands of demonstrators flooded into the sealed-off complex. The “storm on Normannenstraße” was one of the key events of the revolution, marking the end of the feared secret police and destroying an important power base of the SED dictatorship for good. The people’s protests at this historical site helped to prevent the destruction of the Stasi files.
The Stasi files are still stored on the premises to this day. The archive of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records can be viewed in public guided tours. The Stasi Museum is now housed in the former offices of the Minister of State Security, Erich Mielke, whose office rooms are maintained in their original state, forming the core of the museum since 1990.