NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen

NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen

NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • Odeonsplatz • 9 min walk
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  • Patrick G
    Alexandria, Virginia159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2023 Munich Trip
    Very interesting museum. Went on a Sunday afternoon when most of the museums of Munich are free. Arrived and instructed to go to the top floor (4th floor) as the museum has displays in chronological order. Many different presentations on the rise of the NAZI's in Munich and Germany, documents displayed under glass, via audio visual... very well-done display of historical documents of the days, before, during and after the end of the war. The subject matter is quite compelling and really does show the sadness of war.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 20, 2023
  • wary_trvler
    Perth, Australia481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could have been done as a web site
    The museum is free to get into to and it is definitely informative, well thought out and structured but it's mostly text and pictures rather than actual historical artefacts on display, so the reality is that this could be done as a web site. The exception to this was a temporary display of artefacts from the Warsaw ghetto. This display was small but very moving. Don't get me wrong, it is worth a visit and I'd recommend it, but some more actual artefacts would have been welcome.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • barry j
    Los Angeles, California2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Munich is Worth the Time
    Munich is a lovely city. If you stay in the old city section, as I did, you are both surrounded by history (and wonderful architecture) and in the heart of a thriving, vibrant city. The Residence, former palace of the kings of Bavaria and the largest royal palace within a city in Europe, is an impressive museum of 18th and 19th century opulence. If you like such shows as "Empress", you definitely will enjoy seeing how real monarchs lived. Beside the palace is the old Opera House, another great architectural marvel. The Marienplatz is at the heart of the old city. Definitely a must see. But beware: all the restaurants and shops are VERY touristy. Waiters are surly and service overall is lacking. I really enjoyed the English Garden, the city's central park. Larger than NYC's version, it is a pastoral retreat where you can escape the city and feel like you are walking in the country. While not as grand as Vienna or as intimately charming as Prague, Munich is worth the time.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and Informative.
    Very informative museum on the history of 20th century Munich and the rise of National Socialism. It’s laid out chronologically, so start on the top floor and work your way down. Toilets and lockers in the basement and entrance is free. Would recommend you allow a couple of hours.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • richard
    Sao Paulo, SP35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chilling yet informative Museum.
    Excellent informative Museum that tells the story of Munich from 1918 to 1945+ I never realised how Munich was a counter-revolutionary and conservative city that contrasted with Berlin in the 1920s. National Socialism (Nazism) was born in Munich and this is the chilling story of that birth and subsequent years. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 19, 2024
  • CJTravelerTexas
    Texas8,976 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Return Visit
    I visited the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism (NS-Dokumentationszentrum). This museum conveys the history of National Socialism and its many evils. While I had been in this museum with a Canadian scholar five years ago, I wanted to visit it again to see if there were any changes to the exhibits. If there were significant changes, I didn’t notice any. Persons interested in German history and the Nazi movement would find this museum enlightening.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 30, 2024
  • WeMagellan
    Boston, Massachusetts26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum
    Excellent museum about the rise of the Nazis. The captions were in English and German. The end of the exhibit has information about modern ongoing extremist threats, but 3/4 floors are about the rise of the Nazis and a bit about post war. The museum is free and well presented. They also have historical video footage throughout that was very interesting. Outside of the museum there are some benches and a little stand selling coffee.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 25, 2024
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chicagoorbust
Littleton, CO15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I spent about 3 hours at this museum and it answered many questions that I had about this era in history. I wasn't able to see everything, so I also bought the book to bring home to read about modern anti-Semitism in Munich. The museum was open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and, apparently, is free until April 2020 (I believe).
Written January 3, 2020
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dmolleur
Summit, NJ73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Very informative and well organized. There was a continuous flow pattern for which to follow while reading the material and watching the videos. Audio guides give good narration throughout the exhibits.
There is a lot of reading, so younger, less attentive children may not appreciate this museum.
Multiple levels with elevators.
Each level has portable stools which were appreciated after a few hours on our feet.
Written January 10, 2020
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wary_trvler
Perth, Australia481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum is free to get into to and it is definitely informative, well thought out and structured but it's mostly text and pictures rather than actual historical artefacts on display, so the reality is that this could be done as a web site.

The exception to this was a temporary display of artefacts from the Warsaw ghetto. This display was small but very moving.

Don't get me wrong, it is worth a visit and I'd recommend it, but some more actual artefacts would have been welcome.
Written September 6, 2023
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gaiteiro
Auckland330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A history of the NSDAP in Bavaria from the ashes of the Great War to the post WW2 period. Alll the displays are in both English and German. Loads of photos, mini-biographies, maps, facsimiles of contemporary documents, arranged over four floors, starting at the top of the building and working down. The museum is built in the site of the Brown House - he original HQ of the NSDAP. As well as the permanent exhibition, there are changing art exhibition. An excellent way to spend an afternoon.
Written February 3, 2020
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H K
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Spent a few hours in this museum. It's very easy to find and is also free entry until April 2020. There is loads of very interesting information, and is a good mix of text and pictures. The museum is split into 4 floors - the top 3 are different periods of Nazi history then the lower one is an art exhibition.
There is quite a lot to look at, so definitely take one of their chairs to take around and sit on! While we were there, there were two school groups which were a little intrusive, as they sat in the centre of each section and blocked it, but we moved around them, and you can hardly complain about school children learning about history in a museum you don't even pay for, so it was fine.
Overall, very interesting museum to visit if you have an hour or two free!
Written February 17, 2020
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Alan W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Built on the site of Munich's Nazi Party Hq's ("the Brownhouse"), this is a multi-level chronological exhibition of the National Socialist State - how it came in to being, what it was and did, and its effect on the world from the 1920's through the modern era. Comparable to Nuremberg's Documentation Center, which it may in fact surpass in terms of its breadth and depth, this is a must see. The bookstore has an extensive collection of unique works, primarily in German of course, and the entire exhibition is honest, accurate, and utilizes modern technology to help in understanding the Nazi period. English headsets available. A must see.
Written March 5, 2020
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Mark O
133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
I’m interested in history, I admit that I like seeing a good museum on a city break and I did study fascism pre University. This is a very good museum that makes a thorough and objective assessment of Nazism. It doesn’t ‘pull any punches’ - if it thinks citizens ignored warnings then it states that clearly. The detail included in this museum may be too much for the casual tourist - there’s a lot to read. But it has been brilliantly put together and it’s important that it exists - and on the site of the former Nazi HQ too.
Written May 8, 2022
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Melissa E
Prestwick, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Free entry and a booklet to explain everything. The first few floors are great, lots of interesting information. Loads to read, some people brought chairs. Everything in German and English. The last few floors were more art focused which we weren't interested in personally so can't comment on them.
Definitely worth a visit if you're interested if history.
Written September 5, 2020
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Kai
Dublin, Ireland31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Such a vital museum which documents the rise of the nazi party and how Munich was its ground zero. Really scary stuff too since the parallels to current populist regimes and the extreme right wing in the US point to how easily history can repeat itself.

While the content in the museum is a 10/10, the format could really use updating since it’s all static posters and pictures which would lose the younger generation. In the meantime, make sure to pick up the free audio guide at reception because it makes the museum much more immersive.
Written February 2, 2022
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David N
Hawthorne, CA5,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I am impressed that Germany deals so authentically and courageously with its history. To me, it is a sign of health and wanting to educate the next generation to avoid the evils of the past.

Munich was the birthplace of National Socialism and walking through this museum develops this history chronologically from the start. The combination of photographs, documents, and artifacts accompanied by rich explanatory text enables one to get a deep grasp upon how the Nazi's took power and what they did with that power. The exhibition is truly of the highest quality and organization.

A cautionary tale to say the least and may we all learn the crucial lessons here and combat authoritarianism and propaganda in our own lives today.
Written December 24, 2022
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