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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

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Neighborhood: Spandau
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Address: Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 30 36872601
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Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: 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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A Great Time Spent

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Bexley, United Kingdom

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Very nice place for aircraft - history lovers. Very big also. Have good rest also because you are going to walk a lot. Very nice area too, good for family visit with kids. The only missing thing is a Me-262. There is only an engine of it. Tip: Everything is written is English but if you go to the Luftwaffe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Visited here while in Berlin, its a easy to get to, though there is a walk of about 1 mile from the bus stop. Get the train to Spandau, then find the 135 bus stop, its across the road from the train station. Get the 135 bus (Alt-Kladow route) to Kurpromande bus-stop, there's a digital bus stop list on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

You cannot see this all in one visit unless you want only a very cursory look. Hangar 3 has well displayed reconstructions and replicas of aircraft from WWI and interwar period. Especially interesting room on the "Wunderwaffen" Me 163. Our four hour visit was only enough to see the one hanger's displays and there's much more to see beyond that.... More 

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Vercelli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Located in the former British Gatow airport in Kladow, it is easy to reach from Berlin, you just need to take the S-bahn to Spandau and then the Bus 135 to the Kurpromenade stop, then it's a 10 mins walking in this beautiful new district. The museum is really big, with many aircrafts of both "sides" east and west in... More 

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