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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Abhishek Vatsal (6 months ago)
Very rich collection of historical weapons, paper records, medals etc. from every important nodes of the German defence history!! Temporary exhibition was very insightful and interesting, highlighting the lives of post World war survivors.
Lin Simon (8 months ago)
Great museum of German military and war history. Different perspectives and inspiring displays. If you would like to see every section, it probably costs you 3-5 hr.
Tony Dean (8 months ago)
A lot to do here, a lot of interesting exhibits even if you aren't a military buff. Ticket is pretty cheap at 5 Euro each and the place is clean and architecture interesting. Great views from the observation deck with 4 floors of exhibits. Outside are tanks, armoured cars and other military equipment. Well worth a visit.
Bianca Machado (8 months ago)
Really cool museum. It was bigger than expected, 4 hours were not enough to see everything, so I'll have to come back. I was impressed with the amount of curated objects and artifacts. Totally worth it.
Mohammadreza Khoramtabrizi (Reza) (9 months ago)
It is a really good place for spending 1-2 hours for visiting. The staff are ready friendly and more importantly they speak English which is quite a blessing in Saxony. Facilities including bag storage and rest rooms are perfect. There is also a restaurant and cafe although it was closed during our visit due to Covid-19. After all there are wide range of military equipment from clothes and guns to tanks and helicopters. Also are also facilitating art pictures. If you enjoy the history you can really have fun in this place.
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