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Military History Museum

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Address: Olbrichtplatz 2, 01099 Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number: +49 351 8232803
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Mon 10:00 - 21:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Thu - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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The Military History Museum in Dresden consists of two parts: an arsenal...

The Military History Museum in Dresden consists of two parts: an arsenal that was built in 1877 and a new extension designed by U.S. architect Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2011. Shaped like a wedge, the extension cuts through the old arsenal. The light and shadow effects produced by the new wedge symbolise the eventful military history of Germany. Both the architecture and the permanent exhibition of the Military History Museum seek to avoid biased presentations and to challenge traditional perspectives. The exhibition confronts the visitor with his or her own potential for aggression and shows violence as a historical, cultural, and anthropological phenomenon.

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Surprisingly for a Museum the food here was pretty good. The Menu card has a large and Small selection of meals to choose from but be aware some can be a little expensive for what... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Recke, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprisingly for a Museum the food here was pretty good. The Menu card has a large and Small selection of meals to choose from but be aware some can be a little expensive for what you get. Saying that though, in all the meals are of good quality and the staff are visitor friendly.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum, often overlooked by visitors to Dresden and Germany, offers a great insight in the war and many artifacts. Some visitors may complain that it may seem somewhat chaotic to navigate, the architect, Daniel Libeskind, was looking to create a emotional experience rather than simply a regular war museum. The juxtaposition of contemporary architecture with a former military arsenal... More 

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice Museum to visit. They have lots of things to feast on. I personally loved the spy part. Also liked the Nazi collection.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How some of the things on display has survived all these years is a surprise. Floor one is the main event as most folks have described. Some of the actual historical events I need to catch up on but with the Thirty Years war and the Napoleonic eras my interest perked up and the political instability after that until the... More 

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Thank Ernie H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

As most of comments say we must also agree with them that first part of the museum has good set up (from 1300-1914.) but the second part on the first floor (1914-1945) WW1&2 was a bit let down even though it should be the most interesting part. Good or bad side of the war German played a great role in... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

If you are a fan of military history or history. This will be a good museum for you. My Girlfriend came to the Munster Panzer Museum with me as well recently and she liked this one better. They had a temporary display on spies from the end of WW 2 through the Cold War. There are vehicles, WW 1 and... More 

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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

See the restored arsenal combined with modern architecture by Daniel Libeskind. It is great to see the split architecture in the building, commemorating the desaster bombing of Dresden during WW2. Inside one gets desorientated by the concrete design of the walls. Great collection on the German Army from 1300 until now, linking the WW1 and WW2 collection as follow up... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The first part of the museum (1300-1914) was well done and is set out in chronological order as advertised. I then went up to the 1st floor for the 1918 a 1945 chronological exhibits and it was very very poorly laid out. You follow the arrows and it starts in 1919 and you have to wander around to try to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Merits a visit for the architecture alone. The new insertion to the building by Daniel Libeskind is striking and high quality. The internal spaces and even some of the display reflects the architects use of angles. We were short on time and would like to revisit with more time, but the displays we saw were sensitively done and with an... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

When my husband suggested the "Military Museum" I suggested he go alone & I find a history museum - more my thing! However, I'm glad I changed my mind and joined him as it's a whole lot more than some military museums and monuments that often celebrate their victories and overlook the massive human costs of war. This museum definitely... More 

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