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Military History Museum

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Address: Olbrichtplatz 2, 01099 Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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+49 351 8232803
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon 10:00 - 21:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Thu - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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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Wow, what a place!

My 13 year old son and I took the tram from downtown Dresden to this wonderful museum. We were floored on how big this place was. I highly recommend getting an Audio tour, due... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My 13 year old son and I took the tram from downtown Dresden to this wonderful museum. We were floored on how big this place was. I highly recommend getting an Audio tour, due to the fact the some of the exhibits are not in order. We spend about 3 hours here looking at all the military equipment and displays.

Thank finderat97
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the setting,the building and extension. The high point was the service in the restaurant and the tasy meal. Nothing was too difficult to provide and reasonable.

Thank Eggtimer186225
Sudbury, Canada
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235 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

For a museum, it is very good and requires at least 2 hours for the visit. The exhibits are outstanding and very informative even for students. Take your time and visit all the floors.

Thank Bucko007
Sofia, Bulgaria
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I'm in love with this museum. There is everything I want to see and more. I spend like 5 hours looking. Absolutely amazing. The people who met in the museum are very polite and try to help you with everything. There was this soldier in uniform who explained to me some interesting story about modern military equipment. And the V2... More 

Thank Denislav K
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129 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

It's by far more than just an "Army Museum", it covers also aspects of "military technology we use on a daily basis in civilian life", or "military language we use every day", or "military fashion", "the role of animals in the military" and so on... Go there if you are interested in (military) history, but be aware: you might need... More 

Thank Adrian B
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

I spent around 3 hours there and I still didn't see anything. I decided to spend more time on the thematic exhibits rather than the strictly historical ones. I was very impressed with everything I saw. The museum is very new and all exhibits are in English as well as German. The collection was great with a wide range of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I am so glad that we went to this museum. We went because my husband was very interested in going but I ended up enjoying it just as much as he did and our 5 year old daughter was enthralled. She keeps asking to go back to the "army museum". She loved all the interactive doors throughout the exhibits. They... More 

Thank mirandaherman
Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Although it seems to be located on outskirts of Dresden, you can reach it easily with tram lines 7 and 8, station Stauffenbergallee. It is quite a big museum so recommended time length of visit should be at least 2 hours. As a military history enthusiast I've visited museum with my sister who has no interest in such matter and... More 

Thank Robert S
Recke, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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.

Thank Charlie2365
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

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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