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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 36872601
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Work in progress

I have given this museum a very good as they are working very hard to improve the exhibitions and I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great unexpected find

We were heading for the Technical Museum in Central Berlin on a rainy day, when our taxi driver (in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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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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Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 36872601
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have given this museum a very good as they are working very hard to improve the exhibitions and I am sure it will deserve a 4*. If you are an aircraft enthusiast you will see some very unusual specimens. Large area to cover, and...More

Thank CocoaBerkshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were heading for the Technical Museum in Central Berlin on a rainy day, when our taxi driver (in flawless English) mentioned the attractions at what I will call the Luftwaffe museum, SW of Spandau. We headed there instead and he came in too -...More

Thank njfairbrother
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hangar no. 3 with all warbirds was closed. Not worth of visiting unti it has been reopened. A few jets and turboprops on display outside.

Thank Finflyer
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

The most amazing collection of aeroplanes and helicopters me and my partner have ever seen. Also, missiles, radar equipment and some other small vehicles. We got to take our picture by the cockpit of an F4 Phantom too. There were no ww2 planes etc, so...More

Thank Blessedcurse
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

This place was amazing. Bit of a trek from the city but was worth the journey. Some really interesting exhibits and rare aircraft and some great displays in the hangars. Some exhibit boards were not in English but this didn't really impact on the visit....More

1  Thank MJG1984
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I have been to Berlin several times, but this was my first time visiting this museum. Getting there is a bit of a challenge - taxi (or rental car) is really the only option. (I was a bit leery of taking a taxi all the...More

1  Thank dfwmw
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This museum is well worth the visit. It is a long distance from the city center. As we were not long is Berlin we took a taxi which cost €42 each way. The staff were very friendly, organising a taxi to take us back and...More

2  Thank SallinsCailin
Reviewed 8 January 2017

So aside from the cab ride from Berlin costing me about 30 euro each way and the gift shop being sold out of seemingly every print I wanted, this place was amazing. I have been to a lot of aviation museums but this one was...More

3  Thank EDWARD W
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Large well preserved site - RAF Gatow as it was known when my wife lived in Berlin in 1987. Lots of walking for small people as a result. Scooters and bikes are allowed outside exhibition halls so good idea if you have under 10s. Lots...More

3  Thank Tim G
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Free entry. Recommend bringing a packed lunch, including drinks and the cafe only offers plunger coffee and hotdogs (wurst) on sliced white bread. Set aside a day for this museum as it takes some travel to reach, and due to the size will take several...More

1  Thank Emma R
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How do I get there by public transport?
23 July 2015|
Response from john461212 | Reviewed this property |
Dead easy by public transport as I put in my review. Get the train to Spandau. Get the 135 route bus (marked Alt-Kladow route on the bus stop) On the bus is a digital map of the bus stops, you need the Kurpromenade stop... More