Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr

Olbrichtplatz 2
01099 Dresden

Telefon +49 (351) 823 -2803
Fax +49 (351) 823 -2805

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Press contact

Hauptbootsmann Jörg-Christoph Binsack

Telefon +49 (351) 823 -2759 / 2831
Fax +49 (351) 823 -2805

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Guided Tours for Groups

For groups, we offer guided tours on several subjects of both our permanent and special exhibitions. Tours can be booked in German as well as in certain foreign languages. We will gladly assist you in choosing the most suitable offer for your group, school group or historical / political education pro-gramme.

All educational offers are free of charge!

Please notify our visitor service when you bring a group, even if you do not wish to book a guided tour.

If you would like to book a private tour on a specific date (for at least 10 participants), please get in touch with Claudia Rose, who will gladly answer any content-related questions and assist you in find-ing a date that suits you. You can reach her either under +49 (351)823 – 2851, or via e-mail: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

Guided tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Cancellations or alterations must be submitted in time, however, at least three days before the date of the booked tour.


Public Tours without Registration

„LOVE and HATE – Überblicksführung durch die Dauerausstellung“

Public introductory tours take place on:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, at 2 p.m.,
  • Saturdays at 11 a.m., 12 a.m., and 2 p.m.
  • Sundays at 11 a.m., 12 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The minimum number of participants is three. The tours are free of charge. They start in the entrance hall of the Museum.

Audio Guides

Visitors can borrow a free multimedia guide for a tour (in German or English) of the thematic exhibition in the Libeskind Wedge. Induction loops are available for visitors with hearing aids.

Opening Hours

Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.




Admission Fees

Late Monday: on Mondays, admission is free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Standard Fees (EUR) Permanent Exhibition  

Temporary Exhibition

(including Permanent Exhibition)

Single ticket 5,00   7,00

Groups of 10 or more, price per person

4,00   6,00

Family ticket

two adults with at least one child under 18 years of age

7,00   10,00
Annual pass* 15,00    
Concessionary Fees (EUR)
Single ticket 3,00   4,00

Groups of 10 or more, price per person

2,00   3,00
Annual pass* 10,00    
Dresden-Card 3,00    

* The annual pass entitles the holder to free admission to all exhibitions of the Museum. It is non-transferable and only valid when carried in conjunction with an identity card. Additionally, pass holders may bring one companion for free on weekends. Please read the General Terms and Conditions when purchasing the annual pass.


Reduced admission is granted to the following visitors (proof of identification required)::

  • Pupils (including vocational school pupils) ages 18 and older (when not part of a group)
  • Students
  • Trainees
  • Severely handicapped people with a reduced earning capacity of 50 % or more
  • Recipients of unemployment benefits (ALG II)
  • Recipients of benefits in accordance with the German Social Welfare Law for Asylum Seekers (AsylbLG)
  • Recipients of basic subsistence income for the elderly and for people with reduced earning capacity
  • Members of the Bundeswehr Reserve Association "Reservisten der Bundeswehr e.V."
  • Members of the German War Graves Commission "Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V."
  • Members of the German Bundeswehrverband
  • Holders of the "Kulturpass Elbe-Labe"

Free admissionis granted to the following visitors (proof of identification required):

  • Children and youth under 18
  • School groups (and vocational school groups) with pupils over 18
  • Volunteers performing military, social, or environmental services
  • Bundeswehr civilian employees and soldiers
  • Bundeswehr reservists with ID R/E
  • Soldiers who have retired due to a recognised service-related disability
  • Members of NATO armed forces
  • Person accompanying a disabled person, if specified in severe disability ID
  • Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • Members of the German Museums Association "Deutscher Museumsbund"
  • Members of the Registered Association of Friends and Patrons of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History
  • Representatives of the press
  • Registered groups from the Bundeswehr Career Centre (recruitment advertising)
  • Registered groups with youth officers (Bundeswehr PR and information activities)

In individual cases, the Director of the Museum may exempt certain groups or visitors from charge.

The Militärhistorische Museum der Bundeswehr


The Militärhistorische Museum der Bundeswehr 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 Militärhistorische 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. The permanent exhibition encompasses a thematic exhibition in the new extension and a chronological exhibition in the original building. All in all, some 10,000 exhibits are presented in an exhibition area of 13,000 square metres.


Thematic exhibition

The new extension designed by Daniel Libeskind houses a thematic exhibition that starts with a view of Dresden on the fourth floor. It can be explored floor by floor from top to bottom following the stairs in the extension and the historical staircase in the old building. The twelve areas of the thematic exhibition are not presented in chronological order, but instead focus on very different and sometimes surprising aspects of military history. Characteristic features of the new extension are multi-storey shafts, some of which can be crossed by bridges, which contain exhibits associated with individual sections of the exhibition such as "War and Memory", "War and Play", or "Animals and the Military". Some of these areas are designed to help visitors who are not familiar with the military find ways of approaching military history.


Chronological exhibition

A chronological journey through German military history awaits the visitor in the three wings of the old building. This journey comprises three periods: the Late Middle Ages to 1914 (ground floor), the Age of World Wars (first floor, west wing), and 1945 to the Present first floor, east wing). The chronological exhibition starts on the ground floor and ends in the present on the first floor of the old building. Cabinets branch off from the main path and address the military history of particular eras in greater detail. Knowledge chambers shed light on subjects such as the economy of war, the military and society, and injury and death. The path through the ages is marked by ten main showcases that highlight critical turning points in German history: the Thirty Years' War, the beginning and end of World War II, and the division and reunification of Germany.