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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
+49.30-3687-2601
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Ranked #54 of 464 Attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Owner description: The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History. Like its parent agency in Dresden, it does not see... more » Owner description: The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History. Like its parent agency in Dresden, it does not see itself primarily as a museum of technical history, but rather as a modern museum of cultural history.The Museum in Dresden tells a general cultural history of violence, whereas the Berlin Museum focuses on aerial warfare as the most recent development in the military use of force.Visitors will learn how aerial warfare has altered our views on warfare. The following topics are at the center of our presentation:• Crossing Borders. Airplanes enable us to transport information, diplomats and casualties quickly and across borders. At the same time, the emergence of the aerial bombing warfare resulted in the abolition of the old dichotomy between front and hinterland.• Invisible Perpetrators, Invisible Victims. Among other things, aerial warfare is characterized by high speeds, tremendous ranges and increasingly huge kill capacities. These characteristics result in a depersonalization in the relationship between perpetrators and victims.• Cover instead of Flight. People on the ground are practically unable to escape the violence from the air. They are faced with sudden alarms and have to look for cover in cellars and holes in the ground.• Role Models. The role of a pilot has changed continuously over the years: In the eyes of his contemporaries, he was a daring technical pioneer and knight of the air, a daredevil, an engine operator and a flight engineer. Pilots were sacrificed and became killers. Not all pilots are men. What will be their role in an era of unmanned aviation?• Military and Society. The doctrines of employment and the manner of taking responsibility for the protection of lives reflect the political system and self-image of the various air forces. For that reason, military aviation cannot be examined separately but must be seen in the context of its social and political environment.The Museum of Military History on the Berlin-Gatow airfield sees itself a place of learning for military Bundeswehr personnel as well as interested visitors. As an interface between the military and society, it hopes to encourage discussions and to contribute towards the integration of the armed forces into public life in Germany.The museum collection contains more than 200 airplanes, numerous air defence systems and sensors, uniforms, equipment, art, documents and pictures (a total collection of 600,000 items). « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is for military (predominantly air force) historians / aficionados. It is out of the way but attainable by public transport and bike (I cycled there from Charlottenburg through the glorious warm and autumn sun drenched September countryside to the accompaniment of Beethoven, Tschaikowsky and Bach on Kultur Radio!). The museum is well laid out with a significant collection of... More

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Made this stop for my great nephew who wants to be a pilot. We had just spend the morning at the concentration camp nearby and this was another item on his to do list. If you were to ask him he would give this a five star rating and was the best part of his 9 day stay in Germany.... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a unique museum because it displays both NATO and Warsaw pact fighting aircraft which makes it an essential visit. Plus there are some very quirky German aircraft - the Noratlas and several Dorniers. The site is large and the exhibits are spread, about 50% outside, out so choose a day with a good weather forecast (or take waterproofs).... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It's a large facility with multiple building and displays. Having seen the RAF & IWM in London, I had big expectations for Berlin with more Eastern European old aircraft. Not near as good as I had hoped. It's still a good visit for a military fan who's not been to the UK museums though. We still did find it interesting... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I will call it a 'must see' museum. It is actually an airport with the different aircraft and helicopters on display on the airfield itself. Aircraft like the Fokker of WWI the M109 of WWII and even the recent MIG29 is here along with other aircrafts. Yes, the glitch here is in arriving at the museum. But I followed the... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Where do I start, absolutely superb display of exhibits charting both the west and East German airforces after WWII. Getting there from Alexanderplatz took about 90 minutes. Take the R train or U- Bahn to Spandau then the 135 bus to Kuromenade. Cross the road and go along Leonardo da Vinci strasse between the Kaiser and Aldi supermarkets straight to... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Highlight of my trip to Berlin, basically every type of aircraft flown by both the DDR and the GDR plus a few others thrown for good measure. Fine array of SAMs and radars as well. Good WWII display and the history of the modern post WWII West German Air Force. The star of the dilay for me is the RAAF... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

take the train to spandau , get off at the main station in spandau , walk down the stairs and across the road to the rathaus , a huge building on the right hand side , cross over , go left and take the bus on the other side of the road , bus 135, h seekorso , ask the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What an amazing open air exhibition and Museum!! Going to Berlin provides the opportunity to visit many Museums!! One I can definitely recommend is the Militar Historiese Museum! With more than 70 aircraft and 2 massive hangers from the Cold War I can recommend it to young and old!!

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Well, I have not served in the Bundeswehr, because my parents moved to Berlin (Kladow) in 1978, where german military was banned since WW2, but I got to know the RAF Gatow and the british Hottengrund Barracks as neighbours. Up to 1990, Spandau was a part of the British sector of Berlin and Gatow airport the British sector airfield. When... More

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