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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Interesting and free of charge

If you like walking and aircraft this museum is a must to see. Unfortunately needs some time to go there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like walking and aircraft this museum is a must to see. Unfortunately needs some time to go there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

(+) Very big musseum, located on an airfield, closed exibition in 2 huge hangars and another one in the control tower. Many airplanes and helicopters from different periods, exibited material was in good condition, the ones on the open ground weren't looking perfect though... I've liked especially hangar 7, with modern-era stuff in it, many interesting details and information, in... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

The museum itself is great. Also interesting that you can find both NATO vehicles as well as Warsaw Pact vehicles inherited from the DDR forces after reunification. Most of the WW2 and "History of Aviation" vehicles are mocks, but there are plenty of authentic Cold War pieces. You can also find a building dedicated to the "social history" of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Great place to visit for the aviation or military history enthusiast, but too much to fully see in a single visit. It was beneficial to review other TripAdvisor reviews before visiting to learn about possible pitfalls and things to see. We accessed via the 135 Bus from Spandau Rathaus, getting off at Kurpromenade. From the bus stop, you cross the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Quite simply this is a superb military aviation museum, there are numerous Eastern Bloc aircraft from the Cold War era, and many European and American tactical aircraft from the same time frame, there are also WW2 and Great War exhibits. The museum is spread over a fairly large area, so plan for some walking, and give yourself plenty of time.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

As a fledgling museum it is still finding its feet and would benefit from having the outdoor exhibits under cover. Quite an interesting range of aircraft but sad to see there is little to show for the 50-odd years as RAF Gatow.Easy to access by bus from Spandau or Kladow on the 135, say a 15 minute walk along Am... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We traveled out by train from the centre of Berlin to Spandau, then bus to the museum followed by a 15 minute walk. The exhibits were interesting , albeit only in 2 of the 7 hangars and the hangars are at opposite ends of the field about a 10 min walk apart. More really a place to go to by... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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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 via mobile

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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