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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
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Ranked #61 of 442 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Like D Turner, I was stationed here in the early 60s. My partner and I were visiting Berlin, ;and I wanted to see what had become of what had been RAF Gatow. Unfortunately it was a very cold day (29 May!) and rather bleak. The exhibits were interesting and the whole museum well laid out. We had taken the S... More

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Not so much people know this Museum, but it is very nice. If you are crazy or just curious about airplane and other military hardware, you should visit this place. It is no so close to the downtown but the travel, worth.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I'm a little biased on this one as I used to serve here when the airfield was RAF Gatow many mind ago, so it visit the museum was only one reason for coming here. I'm glad though that this part of the old camp has been put to such good use. The exhibition was interesting but a little sad given... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This place is actually quite easy to get though it takes a little while. Just make sure you don't miss the bus stop otherwise it is a bit of a walk! There are many, many planes and helicopters here. All are in excellent condition. Unfortunately almost all of the signs are in only German. I also saw a very interesting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

It's quite far away to go by bus, but its a very nice war museum. Huge area, it's an old air base and you can see a lot of old and newer aircrafts. They also have big missle trucks, mobile radars and a lot of war stuff. Its a very nice place to spend one afternoon!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This museum is not advertised in any tourist information leaflets and without transport is rather a complicated journey from central Berlin.I followed directions from a previous review but to no avail due to bus cancelled. The easiest way to get there is from Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof . ( the X34 bus is cancelled due to bridge repairs). Take a train... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Directions: take the x34 bus from Zoologischer Station in the city and get off at Alt-Kladow (the main bus stop in the town). From Alt-Kladow hop on the 135 (Spandau bus) for a few stops and get off at either 'Seekorso' or 'Am Flugplatz Gatow' (it makes no difference) and walk through the new housing estate following the Luftwaffe Museum... More

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Mount Vernon, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Gatow is a bit off the beaten path in Berlin, but this former air base is well worth a visit for its very large collection of German, Allied and Soviet aircraft. The exhibits here are both indoors and outdoors. There are planes, helicopters and aviation support vehicles of all sizes, as well as flying suits and uniforms. They pretty much... More

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