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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  • The military museum is in its way interesting to visit but I don not feel that it gives you the insight in military history as its name suggests.  more »
  • Beautifully designed world class museum. You need a minimum of 4 hours to look at all the exhibits. If you were to read all the information you would probably need to spend several days here.The range...  more »
  • The Museum is not really about the war. Rather, it covers all areas of our lives related to the war. Very many hidden cupboards, you can touch, smell and hold in your hands. I like it a lot. Diversifies the traditional visit to the Museum. Very interesting feed items. There are exhibits, which I would not like to have seen my children. Such as vulgar and posters toys for soldiers. Pictures of these things contributed by other visitors. Time really flew by unnoticed. On the ground floor there is a nice restaurant. On the top floor terrace with views through the bars. The city through it I'm not really considered. Recommend to visit this museum.
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  • Pretty nice military museum, definitely worth the price especially if you like such things. The tanks are outside and you can take photos with them for free without entering the museum
  • Very much a destination for persons interested in history, ranging from pre-WW1, onwards to today. The museum provides and extremely broad, and deep range of information on each section. Many, if not all of the items on display have very in-depth descriptions. The museum is an amazing experience, but for someone who is a slower, or enjoys reading everything, give ample time. Give at least 4-5 hours if you do not plan on reading very much, but still going through all the exhibits. Student rates are also given, if specified.
  • It's worth to experience this building by itself first. Then take your time to look at the permanent exhibition, it's presented very well, I recommend you to take the elevator to the top floor and visit from end to start. The in-house Café is also nice and pretty good for a little break.
  • Good content, cheap price of entrance. There are a lot of photos and exhibits since 1300 to about 1990. I saw a part of disassembled Berlin wall. Not much people. Silence.
  • This museum is beautiful, with an outstanding collection of exhibits. I was surprised and delighted to find not only historical education, but also an enlightened perspective regarding the causes, effects, and rationale of war. I found myself truly empathizing with people affected by or participating in war. For me, this museum represents the highest standard of presentation of the breadth and depth of human conflict. If you want to see everything, make sure you arrive as early as possible.
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