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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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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... read more

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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 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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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.

Thank Aliaume C
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Reviewed 15 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 

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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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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Really well laid out museum, I felt it's really immersing. Great trip through German (and not only) history. I arrived at 4.30pm and didn't really have enough time to see everything until 6. So leave out at least 2 free hours for the museum. To top it all off the museum is admission free!

Thank Alexander D

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