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“Whish I had more time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Military History Museum

Military History Museum
Olbrichtplatz 2, 01099 Dresden, Saxony, Germany (Strehlen)
+49 351 8232803
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Ranked #19 of 67 attractions in Dresden
Type: Specialty Museums
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Owner description: The Military History Museum in Dresden consists of two parts: an arsenal that was built in 1877 and a new extension designed by U.S. architect Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2011. Shaped like a wedge, the extension cuts through the old arsenal. The light and shadow effects produced by the new wedge symbolise the eventful military history of Germany. Both the architecture and the permanent exhibition of the Military History Museum seek to avoid biased presentations and to challenge traditional perspectives. The exhibition confronts the visitor with his or her own potential for aggression and shows violence as a historical, cultural, and anthropological phenomenon.
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“Whish I had more time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

Could only see the exhibition about the fall of Stalingrad, but gave the point of view of the German and Russian and show the stupidity of the generals in those years.
Whish I had time to see the remaining of the museum. Brand new dedicated to peace and prevent these awful events from repeating

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Singapore, Singapore
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“You need to spend half a day here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I came to the museum after reading an article interviewing Daniel Libeskind on his favourite building designed, of which he quoted the Militarhistorisches Museum in Dresden. That pipped my interest, all the more since I was already going to visit Dresden by then, and was interested in his design of the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

I wasn't disappointed.

The building was artfully crafted with a shard perched above the historical building, which if I do not remember wrongly, was a building used previously by the military for some other uses. I must say that the shard seems to both blend with the historic building yet contrast stunningly with it. (You can find out more information about the building design and construction process in the bookshop.)

The museum is very well-organised thematically across 4 floors, culminating in a somewhat precariously built viewing platform that you could view of Dresden. The artifacts on display were also interesting, and I particularly enjoyed the exhibit where they lined up a long row of war-related toys aiming towards a burnt-out toy tank from WW2, as well the close-up view of a helicopter dangling from the wall.

My only regret was that we came by the museum too late (around 2.30-3pm) and it was too dark by the time we wanted to go outside to take photos with the tanks. (We visited in November where the sun sets at 4pm.)

All in all, it is a place worth a visit and you should spend half a day there!

Visited November 2012
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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“One of the best museums I've ever visited.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

This museum is thematically organized as well as chronologically. I spent 6 hours there and needed more. Weeks later I am still thinking about it and looking at my notes. Very provocative and life changing. There is a cafe- you'll need to eat- and is rather trendy and promises more than it delivers. If you have any interest in history or understanding your world DO NOT MISS THIS MUSEUM.

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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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“Striking Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

I specifically wanted to see this for the modern architectural intervention by Daniel Liebeskind. That was enjoyable, although the vertigo inducing viewing platform is not for the feint hearted.

The interior and content were both good too, though I'm not a military enthusiast.

The Cafe has fantastic cake at very good prices!

Visited September 2012
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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“Time just flies in this museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The museum contains four floors of thematic exhibitions (1600-1914, World Wars 1&2, modern military, animals in military, war toys, war in movies and music, ...) If one part is not appealing to you, just skip it and visit another. There are even artistic, linguistic and pop-culture exhibitions on the military; an offer for people who are not into military history per se.

It's not a problem to spend many hours in this museum, there's always something that pops out at you when you turn around the corner.

The building has recently been reconstructed by Daniel Libeskind and now it has an astonishing interior composed of slant walls and sharp corners. The building and the way the exhibitions are presented is a separate experience on its own.

Visited July 2012
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