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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

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Neighborhood: Spandau
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Address: Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 30 36872601
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr...

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).

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Large and interesting museum

I visited the Luftwaffenmuseum at Gatow Airfield in July 2016. The museum has a very large selection of aircraft from different periods. I learnt a lot, and I can highly recommend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Trondheim, Norway
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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Luftwaffenmuseum at Gatow Airfield in July 2016. The museum has a very large selection of aircraft from different periods. I learnt a lot, and I can highly recommend a visit to this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must visit for all aviation fans, be prepared for long walks under the sun (or rain) as hangars are located remotely. Great exhibition!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made a bee-line for the Luftwaffen museum at Gatow airfield. It's free to enter but I gave them a donation at the end of my visit. It's easy to get to from Bahnhof Zoo by train and bus. There are lots of Eastern Bloc aircraft on display here. Most of them are outside so are not in the best... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We made our own to the museum. We took the S - Bahn to Spandau, then (due to it raining) got a taxi to the museum. The entrance is via a portacabin type building. The staff there are friendly + explained the map to use. Entrance is free, but strictly controlled. One of the ladies from the reception jumped out... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Having visited a large number of Aviation Museums, I would rate this as one of the better ones. No admission charge and a large collection of aircraft from all eras representing the history of German military aviation, There are also some other exhibits relevant to the history of the base. Quite a long walk around the spread out exhibit areas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Visited this museum with my brother and found it to be a very interesting insight into German military aviation. It is a difficult place to locate using public transport, but with perseverance we finally reached there after almost three hours of travelling by rail and bus ! Well worth a visit though with many aircraft on display outside and two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

As air museums with significant sections of their collection kept outdoors go, this is a very good one. While all of the outdoor aircraft show various degrees of exposure to the elements, they all look structurally sound and reasonably complete. This certainly isn't one of those junkyards calling itself a "museum". The museum presents a very full picture of German... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Fascinating place to be. A lot of choppers, missile launchers, MIG fighter jets, and what not. You will never see anything better of this kid. All, esp those with a bit of military BG will love the place.

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

This was a great place to visit with lots of Military Aircraft from pre during and after the Cold War. It has displays well presented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

I went to the museum with a friend of mine who is crazy about aviation, and he was really excited and dumbfounded during the while visit. I was less entertained by the ton of different aeroplanes, but there were also some cool old soldier items from the 19th and 20th century.

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