The Peenemunde Historical Technical Museum

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The Peenemunde Historical Technical Museum

The Peenemunde Historical Technical Museum
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Military Museums • History Museums

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Vissing
Stenloese, Denmark674 contributions
Great place. Where the "man on the Moon" project started
Aug 2019 • Friends
They've got both the V1 and V2 rocket and a interesting collection of items. The whole area is linked to the development of the rockets
Written September 1, 2019
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John D
Welwyn, UK335 contributions
Signage Issues
Aug 2019 • Couples
We took the audio guides and whilst not essential they do add to what you can see and read. Many displays include English translations which are sometimes rather strangely worded.
For us the biggest issue was clear guidance on where to start and how to progress through the site - we were not overly interested in the power station and yet "wasted" time there. The rocket section does not start where the printed guide says it does ( unless the first moon landings were in 1928!)
The site could do with multi-lingual signage to guide you around.
Otherwise this is a really good visit (if you forgive the woman dealing with the audio machines - she has zero customer handling skills) and we spent around 4 hours there.
Written August 7, 2019
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Simon C
Munich, Germany145 contributions
Rocket history
Jul 2019 • Solo
Exhibitions tell the history of rocket development here, then later in the US and Russia, plus a special exhibition on the Apollo moon landing. Outside, there are V1 and V2 rockets. Take the lift up to the roof for a panoramic view of the site and islands out to sea. I did not take the audio guide, and did not see anyone using one. All info is in German and English and about 1/3 in Polish too. I spent 4 hours here. It was 4 1/2 hours from Berlin by train and the last station on the line.
Written July 29, 2019
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spfamilyswiss
Zurich, Switzerland5 contributions
it is more a political museum, rightly
Jul 2019 • Family
I did not know that the technical innovation displayed here led to another desastrous step in the second world war. So important to see this and to not forget the ethical side of innovations.
Written July 18, 2019
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annatexas35
Aarhus, Denmark40 contributions
Highly recommended
May 2019 • Family
A bit off the beaten track as far as ww2 history museums are concerned; we had seen many of them before we decided to drive from Denmark to Peenemünde. It was well worth the drive.
The museum is excellent and tells the story of the factory, the research, the background for it, the political climate in which it existed and its workers. The buildings are left in their original state as much as this is possible.
Written June 2, 2019
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wingate
London, UK2,237 contributions
That's another one off my wish list
May 2019 • Solo
I have been meaning to see this for many years.However it is difficult to get to.In the end it took a 5 hour train journey,2 changes from Berlin,to get there.There is the powerhouse,which doesn't have any interests.Then in the adjacent building is the actual museum.It is well set out.But if you follow the arrows on the first floor they don't lead you into the gallery on the left.There is a post war exhibition which is really more for rocket enthusiasts allow 2 hours unless you are an enthusiast.
Written May 24, 2019
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STEPHENDANE
Copenhagen, Denmark43 contributions
EXCELLENT MUSEUM and historical buyildings.
Oct 2018 • Friends
Cradle of the endeavours of mankind to explore space. The first rocket from the earth known as a V2 rocket or missile was launched into space from here in 1942. You can see examples of the V1 and V2 rockets. There is an open park and two main museum buildings one is the old power station. You can read reviews and see artifacts displayed according to various themes associated with the history of Pennemunde and WW2. There are a couple of cinemas viewing documentaries. The museum has been renovated with funding from the EU after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification.
This site at Peenemunde has not been very publicised due to the polemic about the use of slave labour during the construction of the site and production of V1 and V2 rockets. This is a dark side and incredibly tragic dimension to the research and discoveries made by scientists like Werner Von Braun who was one of the founders and also the key operator in the NASA moon landing in 1969. The museum acknowledges the sacrifice of the slave labour as an atrocity and the fact that the research was intended to produce weapons of destruction and not (ahem) space research. There is also a memorial park some kilometres out of town, where there is a monument to the slave labourers who died, alongside the graves of Germans who died in the 600 plane bomber raid 'Operation Hydra' made on the base in 1943 by the RAF.
However as is pointed out in one of the excellent exhibition halls, the USA, USSR, Britain and France were all keen to recruit scientists from Peenemunde at the end of the Second World War. The American secret service cleaned most of the scientists (including Von Braun's) pasts, enabling them to acquire citizenship. This acquisition of scientists and equipment in the form of rockets and machines (the US got about 100 V2's) enabled the Soviet Union to launch Sputnik in 1957 on a rocket similar to a V2, the US to eventually reach the moon and France and Britain to develop their missile capability, not least in the form of guidance systems. There is also a U-Boat with a museum and shop within walking distance. The museum at Pennemunde has had over 2 million visitors since it opened and is well worth a visit.
Written November 1, 2018
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kenwood5106
Dunfermline, UK231 contributions
‘’Awesome must do Attraction’’
Oct 2018 • Family
Probably everybody of a certain age or an interest in 20th century military history has heard of this testing site but not visited. All I can say is do it, preferably when the weather forecast is good as it’s fairly far north. Apart from the static outdoor displays of the V1 and Launch ramp, V2 Rocket etc, there are two huge buildings to explore, one which has several floors of the history of Peenemünde and the main power house building which has a lift in it which takes you up to the roof for €1. Unfortunately by the time we got there it was out of service but was working when we arrived, so top tip, when you arrive, if it’s working do it first..... The audio guide for a cost of €2 directs you round the whole site in a logical sequence. Great visit!111
Written October 14, 2018
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Pedro R
Salt Lake City, UT17 contributions
Raw history
Jul 2018 • Family
I would like to think this is like Cape Canaveral in the US but such analogy would do a disservice to all the history this place contains. First you need to find it, even the walk from the parking lot to the entrance is not easy but once you go inside you get this eerie vibe about all that went on there. The building is an old power plant that provided the power needed to fuel the V1 and V2 rocket program. As you walk through the exhibits you can read in both English and German the raw history of the place. No sugarcoating that this was anything other than a factory of weapons of mass destruction and that it used slaves to accomplish the dirty work. A side note is the birth of modern rocketry which took us to space but also created the ICBMs. The exhibits show all of this and highlight the dilemma scientists faced. At the end one must decide what version of history one chooses to believe. Were the scientists working here evil Nazis, victims themselves, or just a product of their time? Were the advances brought on by their work justify the atrocities committed? That is the beauty of this museum, it makes you ponder such difficult questions but be aware that the answers could be upsetting.
Written August 11, 2018
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travelbearnd
State of Bremen, Germany111 contributions
impressive and oppressive at the same time
Jun 2018 • Couples
It's the cradle of space technology and rockets - and it's one of Germany's darkest places of history... It also shows how mendacious the allied acted to use the knowledge of German engineers for their interests after the Second World War.
In addition, there are impressive buildings and unique exhibits to look at. Don't miss to take the lift (1.00 €) to the roof of the power station for a very good all-round view.

You should plan at least 2 hours for your stay... if you also want to take a look at alternating special exhibitions and watch some of the shown movies you can double time.
Written August 6, 2018
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