Military History Museum

Military History Museum, Berlin

Military History Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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).
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Vlad Lebedynets
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine13 contributions
Germany Air Force history
Mar 2020 • Friends
Nice open museum with free entry. A lot of planes but gift shop is bogus. It’s not military history museum of whole Bundeswehr, but only for Luftwaffe history.
Written March 8, 2020
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andrew_jmdata
Grayshott, UK43 contributions
Some fascinating aircraft
Dec 2019 • Solo
Only got there for last hour. Its quite a track from downtown Berlin but just about worth it. I think it's free.
Written December 29, 2019
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BeakerinShortShorts
Thunder Bay, Canada33 contributions
Family heritage visited
Jul 2019 • Family
Heat wave currently so very hot outside and still warm inside. My Opa worked on the fighter and cargo planes here in WWII so good to show the kids. Unfortunately almost all of those exhibits were closed on a Friday in August.
Written August 31, 2019
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Pete_H_318
Sale, UK40 contributions
Excellent museum, wide range of aircraft.
Aug 2019 • Couples
Unfortunately only Hangar 3 is open as the rest of the museum is being refurbished (otherwise 5 stars). This means some aircraft are visible but tantalisingly out of reach. A good line up of mainly East & West German aircraft outside with more in the hangar. Info panels are in German & English. My wife found the story of the soldier who transferred to the Air Force in WW1 particularly fascinating. Free entry but closed on Mondays.
Written August 5, 2019
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Malcolm B
Lancashire134 contributions
A huge range of cold war era aircraft
Jul 2019
The museum is well worth a visit. There is a huge range of aircraft parked on the taxiways and hangar 3 has dedicated displays and a shop. Getting there on public transport is a bit of a slog but free on the Berlin welcome card (A+B). Get the U2 to Theodore Heuss Platz. Then get the X34 bus to the Seekorso stop. Walking, turn right up Seekorso and stay on the left side. At the end of Seekorso, turn left onto Am Flugplatz then right after a hundred metres onto the airport access road. Entry is free.
Written July 15, 2019
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Rasmus A
Copenhagen, Denmark56 contributions
A must see for aircraft enthusiasts
Jun 2019 • Solo
The museum is located at the closed Berlin-Gatow airfield and houses a large collection of aircrafts and helicopters. From early planes like the Albatros over some of the first rocket propelled fighters like the ME-163 up until the MIG-29 and Panavia Tornado.

There is also a WWI exhibition based around diaries and letters from a soldier.
Entrance is free of charge. It is a large museum in size as it is spread over several buildings so to see it all take at least 2-3 hours. There is a small shop / cafeteria with limited selection of food (sausages) and beverages.

If you arrive by bus X34 or 135 from Berlin it can be a bit difficult to find from the bus stop to the museum. If you arrive by car there is free parking just outside the museum.
Written June 23, 2019
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA2,199 contributions
Very interesting - nice stop outside city center
May 2019 • Friends
The signs refer to this as the Luftwaffe Museum and it has a very interesting and eclectic collection of related exhibits from the beginnings of flight through the Cold War. It’s located at the Gatow airfield that was in the British zone following WWII. It’s free and a nice place to walk on a sunny day. Newer aircraft and related equipment are outside on the tarmac but the WWI and WWII aircraft are in a hanger at one end of the field.

The exhibits included a Henkel Bomber, Stuka Dive Bomber, V-1 rocket, ME-163 and a MIG-29. Amazing!

Unfortunately missing were a Fokker Tri-Wing, ME-109 and ME-262.
Written May 24, 2019
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Andrew A
Inverness, UK52 contributions
Amazing new indoor exhibition on WW1 ...what a place to visit !
Oct 2018 • Friends
Incredible place to visit if you like old aircraft, around 150 on display both indoors and outside. One hanger has a new exhibition overking WWI, it has replica WW1 aircraft as well as WW2 and modern aircraft and helicopters. Is quite amazing and its completely free.
Written November 5, 2018
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Ivana G
Rijeka, Croatia29 contributions
Great place outtside of city centre!
Oct 2018 • Couples
This is a museum for history and aviation lovers! It is quite big and currently they are changing some parts - as we understood! Nevertheless, all the exhibits are accessible and they have interesting rare exhibits. Since we visited RAF museum in London I have to say that the museum lacks interpretation, especially for persons who are not totally into aviation. The best part is the exhibition in hangar 3! We did not have trouble finding the museum (bus X34 is direct). It wasn't nice weather, but if it were it would be perfect for picnic and for children!
Written October 27, 2018
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ClausJ
Denmark144 contributions
best museum - a must see.
Oct 2018 • Family
went there on a sunny friday - free entrance?!? - i would have paid to get in. all the most important cold war era fighterplanes from both sides in one place - nose to nose. i dont think you can see that ANYWHERE else in the world.
Written October 20, 2018
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Military History Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM