Bundeswehr Military History Museum

Dresden, Germany

The Bundeswehr Military History Museum (Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, MHMBw) is the military museum of the German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, and one of the major military history museums in Germany. It is located in a former military arsenal in the Albertstadt which is part of Dresden. After a long history of switching titles and approaches to military history, the museum was re-opened in 2011 with a new internal and external concept. The museum focuses on the human aspects of war, while also showcasing the evolution of German military technology.

The museum houses a vast collection of military history, from technology and handguns to artistic renderings of war. Traditionally, military museums focus primarily on weapons technology and the glamorous representation of national armed forces; they impress visitors by shows of military power and display wars in isolation from other historic events. The Bundeswehr Military History Museum has made an effort to be a different kind of military museum. It displays war and the military as being interwoven in the general history of a nation, and showcases the ramifications of war in the political, cultural and social history. The focus, instead of being on the greater good or the military whole, is always on the individual who exercises violence or suffers from it. Eleven themed tours are offered and three chronologies: 1300-1914, 1914-1945 and 1945-today.



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Founded: 2011
Category: Museums in Germany

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louise chan (12 months ago)
Hands down one of the best museums I have visited. We were able to leave our luggage at the cloakroom (there are also lockers) where it is staffed. Tickets cost €5 for adults which I think is underpriced for whats offered. The museum is generally separated into two parts. One part which chronologically shows the events before, during and after the world wars. The other part dives into more general topics such as the technology, animals, memories of war. The top floor is a viewing platform which gives you an amazing view of Dresden and provide some information of the bombing in 1945. Throughout the museum, there are staff located on each floor who you can ask questions to regarding the exhibits. They are very knowledgeable and makes understanding what is displayed a lot easier. The museum itself is huge and consist of 4 floors and also some tanks, cars, and vessels on the ground floor for viewing. I would definitely recommend reserving at least three hours to see everything. Although I came for the Christmas markets I would say this museum is a must visit for everyone visiting Dresden. You can easily reach the museum with trams 3, 7 from the city centre.
Michael Treffinger (15 months ago)
Take.a day and learn so much about military history! Plan the whole day as there is so much to see and read! I wish the font was just a bit bigger for my older eyes. The information given is very well written with displays that will impress and educate!
J W (16 months ago)
Definitely worth a visit! If you want to see everything in details, planning at least 3 hours for the visit will be necessary. It is really a big museum with 4 floors and a lot of things to see.
Karl Kwong (16 months ago)
Good museum covering warfare and Germany through the ages. Most displays are in both German and English. The cafeteria is also very good. Don't forget to checkout the vehicles they have on display outside.
Jake Fauvel (16 months ago)
Great museum. So much to see and very cool if you are interested in military history. The museum covers quite a long period of military history, not just WWII. Plan at least 2-3 hours if you really want to see everything even just briefly. Price is also not bad for the amount of history on display.
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