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German National Museum of Contemporary History

Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
0228/9-16-50
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Bonn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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Geilenkirchen, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It's my favourite museum in Germany! It is set up chronologically, starting from the post-WWII period. They offer an interactive experience. They even display the evolution of the backyard throughout the decades after the war! Start at the subway station, go to the temporary exposition, follow to the main exposition, if possible with a (audio) guided tour.

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This museum was the highlight of our trip to Cologne! Great presentations, very interactive and lots to learn-English overviews are provided for each area. The museum is brilliant for all ages and is really accessible-you move from floor to floor by gentle ramps. The café is excellent too. The only moan is that the staff seemed to like frowning and... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The museum has been rightly rated first on this site . the visitor will gain excellent knowledge about the situation in Germany after the war . it provides detailed information about people , events and situations that has brought Germany reach its current EU leader position. the exhibits are authentic and takes one back into the relevant periods. highly informative... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

For me it was very learnfull and clearfull too. A lot of images and pieces from that time. From the end of the second war till nowadays. Not everything has English subtitles. There are guide tours. It's free. And it's better than everything you can see in Berlin about the war stuff.

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Leicester
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48 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Excellent displays taking you through the period from 1945 to present day - very thought provoking, and interesting journey. Well worth a visit. Takes around two hours to go through the displays at a leisurely pace. Good café.

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St. John's, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A most interesting place to visit..Stimulates one to read further. I thought the presentations were effective although some times I got lost. I could not read German and I wished more of the explanations were translated into English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This museum avoids the difficulty of world war 2 and begins with rebuilding of the country in the post war years. As a vintage/retro junkie, I loved walking through the displays of the 50s thru the 90s and see how the culture developed. Lot's of beautiful displays and explanation panels all had english translations which were excellent. I learnt so... More

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Oetwil am See, Schweiz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This exhibit was a real eye-opener to our friends from Australia, who had the chance to learn in more depth about the historic events and challenges Germany faced. Walking from level to level the smiles became bigger, as our friends discovered and recognized those products / brands (Made in Germany) and an old VW painted in beautiful, bright (hippie) colors.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

A pure wonder. Im on the road for 3 yrs now and i never saw a better historical museum. I saw it for 4 days in 2013 & needed to be back this yr in bonn just for this, for 10 days this this time. As i look everything in detail and try to decipher german i spent a total... More

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Vancouver, BC
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Given that the museum's website is only in German, I was a little concerned that it would be exceptionally challenging with my limited German skills. I was pleasantly surprised! There are many descriptive signs that are only in German, but there was more than enough English-language material for me to understand the exhibits. I spent at least two hours walking... More

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