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German National Museum of Contemporary History

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Address: Willie Brandt Allee 14, 53133 Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 228 91650
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Amazing peace of history gathered at one place

It just gave me chills! The museum is organized in different halls, each representing the history of Germany from WW2 to nowadays. It is so rich and memorable, very well organized... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It just gave me chills! The museum is organized in different halls, each representing the history of Germany from WW2 to nowadays. It is so rich and memorable, very well organized and you can just feel all the history soaking in your bones. The only disadvantage is everything is in German and if you don't know the language you might... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was allready the second time in 1 year. First of all it is for free. If you can walk half a mile, there are plenty of public car spaces. It is about the entire history of Germany, starting from 2. World War over Politiks to DDR, West Germany products& TV channels to Hitler Tagebuch (Fake News Stern) to the collapse... More 

Thank Ansgar S
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Please note the roof is currently being repaired, so a lot of the museum isn't accessible until around December 2017. The temporary exhibition on cars is an interesting insight in to post WW2 Germany, before and after reunification. Almost all the signage is only in German, do it might be a challenge to read much for a non German speaker!

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Contemporary History Museum really demonstrate the history of the last century and is really worth the visit. It clarifies explains and doesn't judge or weigh the facts. That is up to you If you are in Germany and want and insight in this country it is a must... Great museum !!!!!

Thank francien2015
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

The fascinating way to glean the official viewpoint of the unification of Germany. As an American I had no idea of many facts of the post-1948 German political history. The museum was created after the "wall" came down. Many German school groups visit to exhibits. Free English audio recordings are available at the front desk, if you leave your passport... More 

Thank Sandi B
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

As the building was being renovated, the museum was offering free guided tours of the storage/archives in the basement. This was a welcome look behind the scenes and really worthwhile. The car-related display was open, which provided interesting perspective on Germans and their automotive proclivities. Note that parking is not exactly close to the museum, so be prepared to pay... More 

Thank Robert R
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Very intresting and complete museum, but you might need a whole day to go through every zone. It is woth a visit!

Thank Eugenia D
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Well, I'm just rating the very small part of the museum that was still exhibited as the rest is closed to the public for renovations. Very interesting exhibition on Germany and cars from '45 till today. Most of the signs are in german. Overall nice exhibition on the relationship that germans have with their cars.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

A great place to get a taste of German culture and history--particularly the last century. The museum is well designed and engaging, and would be a great place to take even someone who does not generally enjoy museums. If you don't speak German, I would definitely recommend getting a guided tour in your preferred language (most of the exhibit explanations... More 

Thank dr2222
Joao Pessoa, PB
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

This is an excellent museum but you need to take it at your own speed. I suggest not taking a guided tour although one of the disadvantages is that a lot of the information is only provided in German with no English translation. But as a museum of contemporary history it is fascinating.

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