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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr
Ranked #63 of 939 things to do in Berlin
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Owner description: 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).
Reviewed June 18, 2012

luftwaffe museum is free entry.take the bus x34 just opposite mac donalds at the zoo train station.this bus goes all the way to kladow . stay on it till kladow.there is a public loo at this bus stop,you'll be on the bus for at least 45 mins. get off and take the bus 135 to gatow.get off at the luftwaffe museum. you'll see the sign up ahead when you get off bus. a local lady was kind enough to show us a short cut. when you get off bus at luftwaffe stop cut across a green area that the local people have worn a path through in the direction of a supermarket car park then walk striaght ahead down a very long road don't turn off keep going its about a 15 min walk .there is no charge in . it has a small area for a coffee in hanger 3.loo's at main gate and in hanger 3.i'm not an enthusiast myself but my husband and boys are so this was a fantastic trip from berlin.if you have bought the berlin welcome card all transport to get here is covered on this card.

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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Imagine to see real MIG-29 and a Phantom IV side by side. Or a ME-163 (that didn't blow up) - Or a version of Manfred von Richthofen's Fokker 1D. Add a lot of other planes from both sides of the former wall, some missiles, some helicopters and a very interesting exhibition about the air bridge to Berlin. The shop only has sausages and coffee - and some snacks, which is a bit annoying given that it is far away from Berlin center and that it is an exhibition that you should spend at least some hours going through, but apart from that, I am really happy we went there.

1  Thank Kim G
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

The collection of aircraft at this museum was really outstanding and very interesting. The best part in my view was being able to just wander around at our own pace without being disturbed. There are some brilliant and unusual aircraft here as well as interesting displays. The downsides are its quite difficult to get to from Spandau, there is a bus but it goes quite infrequently, and there are no food facilities other than a couple of vending machines so make sure you take food with you.

Thank GeorgiaNZ89
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Had looked forward to visiting this museum for a long time. Was a strong reason for visiting Berlin City. I was warned that the last part of the journey out from the city is not easy, took S-Bahn out to Spandau-great. Then took taxi to the museum, to avoid the walk from bus-stops, as this can be a problem, heard stories of others getting lost etc.
Once there it looked very positve, lots of aircraft in view, a nice welcome at the gate. We walked round the west part of the museum, found a couple of rows of very interesting aircraft and Hangar 7, where we could get a drink, and enjoy the well presented aircraft and displays-all of which are in German-but it is in Germany, so fair enough!!
After that the visit was a miserable failure, the rest of the museum, about half of it was closed off, there was no access to Hanger 3, where the really interesting historical aircraft are on display.

The outside aircarft were visible in the distance, but distinctly threatening and armed soldiers made it obvious that we were going nowhere near anything else. We were told there was an exercise going on, it seemed to be some sort of VIP event, with lots of transport coming and going. A sheet of paper on a door finally explained that the rest of the museum was closed for a few days. We asked a helper if there was any chance of access just to the hanger- the attitude seemed to be 'tough luck'-come back another day.
We tried to explain that we had made quite an effort to get there to blank looks and no interest. So be warned that the normal guests at this museum do not rate very highly. I checked the website and no notice of closures were to be found, but I did find reference to others on the web who had got there and found parts closed when they got there.
I'm sure that if you get to see all the exhibits close up it is an excellent museum, but I cannot confirm that as I did not, so I can only recommend that if you really want to visit this museum you must be aware that it is not reliable. It seems that the museum needs to decide if it is a truly international museum that treats all visitors with respect. We invested time effort and money to get there and felt disappointed with the results.

2  Thank Tarka57
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Jan B, Social Media-Beauftragter at Military History Museum of Bundeswehr, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2012

Dear Tarka 57,
I am sorry you were disappointed with your visit in Gatow. You must have been here on April 25, 2012. It was the day when Generalleutnant Müllner became commander of the German Airforce. He chose the Museum to be the place where the ceremony was to take place. Please accept our apologies if this has cause inconveniences to you as a visitor at the museum.
Events like this do not happen on a regular basis and the visitors (especially from abroad) are very important to us.

We already have ameliorated our web-presence. Since May 21st, 2012, the museum has a new official website: http://www.mhm-gatow.de All events and museum activities are published here. An English version of the website is being published right now. It should be available during the next one or two weeks to come.

With kindest regards from Gatow.

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Reviewed April 27, 2012

WE went there with two boys. They liked the idea of the Luftwaffe and planes to look at. Especially the part about the Luftbrücke was really interesting for us big ones.
It shows a good collection of items related to military flight and should not be missed if one is interested in such things!

Thank mariplus1964
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