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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

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Address: Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 30 36872601
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Mon 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr...

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).

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Helluva a place for anyone, either historian or warrior

We get there by public transportation and enjoyed an excellent class of History, as we did yesterday in the "Topography of Terror", at Checkpoint Charlie. No matter if you have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We get there by public transportation and enjoyed an excellent class of History, as we did yesterday in the "Topography of Terror", at Checkpoint Charlie. No matter if you have never flown a military plane, culture blossoms everywhere. Enjoy it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This museum is an absolute MUST for any aircraft enthusiast. Fantastic range of exibits in and outdoor. The best wife of all will appreciate the walking workout, while hubby closely examines the main gear oleos of e.g. a MiG15bis. It is a little hard, but not impossible to find. And they don't charge a penny for admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Visiting a museum with such a vast array of aircraft is a wonderful experience if you are interrested in WW II and the Cold War period. The displays outside are excellent, but the state of repair of some of the aircraft are showing the results of having to stand outside in all wheather conditions. From the Kurpromenade (where you get... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The former Royal Air Force Station at Gatow, Berlin, is now home to the Luftwaffe's Air Historical Museum. Good and well presented exhibitions inside the hangars, but so sad that so many airframes are just gently rotting away outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I wanted to visit the museum and we had a chance on the way to Latvia. Having been staioned at RAF Gatow in the late 70's, and read about the new museum our break in Berlin gave us the opportunity to make a visit. The staff were very helpful and friendly and also took the time to explain the technical... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The museum is located at the former RAF Gatow base, this is perhaps one of its strongest assets as the remains of the old runways provide an amazing display space for literally rows and rows of aircraft! Add to this the old buildings, hangars and radar and you have a great venue. The museum is a little tricky to get... More 

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Slovenia, Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I have a chance visit these museum with my uncle who served in air force. That was one of more interesting for hours of my life. Uncle was like wikipedia on foot. Really interesting stuff. Even if you don't have guide there the amount of aeroplanes and written explanations about it will make you stay, few hours there and look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Very good andntrestesting museum. 40-50 planes and helicopters East to reach. Bus 135 from Rathaus Spandau. Jump off at Kurpromenade 20 minitues walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This was an good place to visit if you are interested in aviation. It does require a certain level of fitness though! First get the train to Spandau then try to find the correct bus stop. Not as easy as it sounds. Then there's something like about 1/2 hour on the bus. From here there's a walk of about 1... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Gatow was the British airfield during the occupation of Berlin and the subsequent cold war. If you are an aviation enthusiast, I recommend you make the effort to go, especially if the weather is kind. Entrance is free. If you are without a car, catch a regional train from Zoo to Spandau, then a 135 bus. As the regional trains,... More 

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