Military History Museum, Dresden

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A visit to Military History Museum in Dresden offers an insightful look into the human aspects of war, as well as the evolution of German military technology. The original building, which served as an armory, was built in 1873 and was a Nazi museum, a Soviet museum, and an East German museum before being closed in 1989. It reopened in 2011 with the striking metallic addition on the facade, which is meant to make visitors reconsider the way they think about war. Pass through the exhibit spaces divided into nine categories, such as politics, human aggression, and art in war. At the top level, you can walk along the modern structure, which is open to the elements and offers views of Dresden. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Dresden holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Military History Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If you are a NATO soldier bring your ID card as you get in FREE. Me being retired US military also got in free. Great and HUGE exhibit especially the early years before Germany became a country. Four ...  more »
  • I found many exhibits and - areas badly lit. Many texts were printed very small and very low and this simple hard read. Together with the not easy to understand 'artistic' conception, I've finished my visit despite Guide and audio guide very dissatisfied after around 3 hours.
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  • I was told by my mate that this was the best German Military History Museum in Germany. He may be biased because he is in the German Military but he was not wrong. The layout of the museum is enormous...  more »
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  • I do have to confess that it has always been a desire to visit a German military museum. Their permanent exhibits are extremely comprehensive, fully detailed with maps, paintings, weapons. Giving the impression that the Medieval age was longer than it really was. It's all fine till the Franco-Prussian war... As it gets close to the end of the XIXth century until 1945, it does not reflect the facts as most of the world knows and studied. I believe the curators could have explored the excellent weapons developed in the period and how they boosted many scientific peaceful projects in later periods (synthetic oil, telecommunication, space rocket science, etc...)
  • Very thorough military and history museum. For non-Germans, it is very interesting to see how WW I and WW II are portrayed. Some disturbing, items related to the Holocaust (invoices for ovens, design plans, etc.) and it does let you know how logistically planned the whole thing was. If you arrive via the light rail (a 5 min walk to the museum from the stop), you'll walk through a small park to get to the museum. Make sure you stop to look at the monument to the Red Army the Russians erected in 1945 after capturing Dresden. Seems like the Russians did this in every town after capturing it and did it in a real short period of time. Interesting that it's still there today (much like the monuments in Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate and in Vienna).
  • Prepare to spend a few hours here. There is soooo much information. I spent about two and a half hours here and I definitely didn’t read everything
  • Excellent! A must see. Not just another war museum. It has most of the histories.
  • Very large military museum. With lots of personal effects. Items were very poorly identified. Museum should do a better job of numbering items and then having a cooresponding number next to the description.

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