Museum of Military History, Dresden

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A visit to Museum of Military History 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 Museum of Military History and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is one amazing museum. Without glorifying war, they have done a phenomenal job of presenting ten centuries of armed warfare on the European continent. They have an staggering collection of...  more »
  • The only problem with the Museum of Military history is how to organize enough time to do justice to this extraordinary place. One certainly doesn’t have to be a military history enthusiast in order.....  more »
  • This museum is worth the 20 minute tram journey from the city centre to visit. Lots of WW 1&2, Cold War exhibits to ponder. Very good English descriptions as well. Only down side was the...  more »
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  • If you are most interested in vehicles and big equipment, the best stuff for me were the vehicles parked outside of the building which you can see without entering the museum. The museum space was nice and had interesting exhibitions with lot of smaller stuff ... Guns, uniforms, etc. The part focusing on development after 1945 had a nice comparison between East and West German armies.
  • Building is massive and exhibits are spaced out so worth getting a tour with one of the excellent guides. Has the usual mix of standard exhibits and arty quirkiness of German museums. Starting at the sticky out wedge and working your way down is probably the best way to see everything. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours.
  • One of the best museums I've been to, most of the stuff is translated to English, a lot of interactive panels which I didn't notice at the start. It's very big and you'll need a lot of time to look through all the expositions.
  • Have been there once or twice and it's a wonderful place to learn something about history. There's a lot to look at and it's really interesting!
  • One of the best military history museums in Germany. Interesting section on the use of drugs by armies during warfare. Very neat artifacts including an early submarine and an intact V2 rocket. Well worth the visit. 90% of exhibits have very good English translations. Section on the bombing of Dresden was very small.

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