10 Best Military Museums in Europe (Part II)

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1.Military Museum Somerset (England)
Somerset Military Museum tells the story of the Somerset’s regiments in war and peace. It features the history of the following regiments:
• Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s)
• Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
• West Somerset Yeomanry
• North Somerset Yeomanry
• Somerset Militia, Rifle Volunteers and Territorials
• The Light Infantry and its successor regiment, The Rifles
The gallery introduces visitors to the formation and development of Somerset’s regiments and explores why soldiers fight for their country.The regimental archives of the Somerset Light Infantry, as well as some North and West Somerset Yeomanry records, are held at the Somerset Heritage Centre.
For more information contact:Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SFTel: 01823 278805
Email: museums@swheritage.org.uk
Somerset Military Museum Taunton Castle TAUNTON Somerset TA1 4AA. Telephone. 01823 255088 Email: info@sommilmuseum.org.uk. A


2.Military Museum Krakow (Poland)-Museum Armii Krajowej
This beautifully restored 3-floor red-brick railway building has been adapted (including a gorgeous glass atrium) to house the Home Army Museum – documenting the size, organisation and efforts of Poland’s underground military resistance from the time of the failed September campaign of 1939 to the underground armed forces official disbanding in 1945. The Home Army’s continuing fight for freedom within the country’s two occupied zones (Nazi and Soviet) is one of World War II’s less acknowledged aspects, and though this enormous museum goes to great length to demonstrate that Poland’s government, military and civilian population never surrendered, the sprawling exhibits are confusing and chaotically organised; as a result you may want to dish out the 150zł, plus ticket price, for a guided tour (make sure to book at least one day in advance – English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish available). Nevertheless it’s a must for those interested in WWII history, and you should reserve at least two hours for visiting.
Address: Wita Stwosza 12, Krakow 31-511, Poland

3.Military Museum Essex (England)
Experience a journey through British military history beginning on the brutal medieval battlefields, through the Crimean & Napoleonic Wars, through WW1 & WW2 to current day conflicts. Discover the secretive worlds of Spies, their gadgets, weapons and disguises. Learn about Special Forces, SOE and their brave, daring operations. See stunning displays of combat uniforms; be astonished by one of Europe’s largest public display of Firearms. Squirm at the medical equipment used on battlefields and learn the personal stories behind the medals and the weapons. Read intimate accounts from dairies of British Soldiers. Dress up in the heavy pieces of armour worn in days gone by; carry some of the equipment of soldiers of today. Tanks, Swords, Armour, Missiles and so much more! Discover Britain’s Military History by seeing only genuine period artefacts. End the day with a fun visit to Promenade Park or a delicious Cream Tea at Heybridge Basin.
Wed – Thu
10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 16:00
Sat – Sun
10:30 – 17:00
Suggested Duration:2-3 hours


4.Military Museum Edinburgh (England)
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Tel: 0300 123 6789
Entry to the museum is free. Historic Environment Scotland charges for admission to Edinburgh Castle where the National War Museum is located
Open daily
April to September
October to March
Closed 25 and 26 December


5.Military Museum Helsinki, Finland
The Military Museum in Helsinki is dedicated to preserving Finland’s wartime history. It is the largest military museum in Finland, boasting a collection of more than 200,000 items and artifacts, including decorations, arms, equipment and art. In addition, the Military Museum has more than 200,000 photographs and images. Founded in 1929, the museum is part of the National Defence University, and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Finland’s largest military museum consists of a collection of over 200,000 oartefacts including weapons, equipment, artwork, archival photos and the impressive tanks displayed at the front of the building. The museum’s main building is located n mainland Helsinki while the manege and submarine Vesikko are located on Suomenlinna. The museum café is also themed after a wartime cafeteria and sells excellent Finnish ‘munkki’ doughnuts.
Open exhibitions in Suomenlinna, Helsinki
Finnish Defence Forces – 100 Years at War and Peace
• Military Museum´s Manege and Artillery Manege, Suomenlinna C 77 and C 81 (Iso Mustasaari)
• Open daily 11 a.m–4.30 p.m. Last admission at 4.00 p.m.
Free admission 1 October–31 December 2019.
Address: Maurinkatu 1, Helsinki 00171, Finland, Tel. +358 299 800

6.German Maritime Museum
German: Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum (DSM)) is a museum in Bremerhaven, Germany
The German Maritime Museum / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History (DSM) in Bremerhaven has set itself the task of exploring the relationship between man and sea and making it possible to experience it in exhibitions. It is one of eight Leibniz research museums in Germany. With more than 80 employees and trainees and around 8000 square metres of covered exhibition space, it is one of the largest maritime museums in Europe. The DSM is currently in a state of flux and combines a building renovation and the construction of a research depot with a comprehensive new concept for all exhibition and research areas. During this phase, which lasts until 2021, the building will remain open – with a varied programme, changing special exhibitions and events. The more than 600-year-old Bremer Kogge and the museum ships in the outdoor area can also continue to be visited.
Suggested Duration:1-2 hours
Sun – Sat
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1 | Van-Ronzelen-Straße, 27568 Bremerhaven, State of Bremen, Germany, Tel. +49 471 482070

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7.Military Museums London
Unfortunately, not all of London’s museums are free. But a visit to the right museum can be priceless – especially if you’re interested in the UK military.

Churchill War Rooms
These underground bunkers are in the middle of London, still looking exactly as they did on the last day of World War II.
The Churchill War Rooms are a popular way to look at how the Allies waged war. They also include some space dedicated to Winston Churchill’s life.
This museum is included for free with several tourist attraction discount passes.
HMS Belfast
The Imperial War Museum operates the HMS Belfast as a museum. She was commissioned in 1938 and went on her first mission in 1939.
The HMS Belfast and crew also served as Bombardment Force E’s headquarters during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. You can visit today to see what life on the ship was like during World War II.
This museum is included for free with several tourist attraction discount passes.
Guards Museum
Get your questions answered about the Queen’s Guards at the Guards Museum. Why do they wear their large hats? How do guards join the Changing of the Guard ceremony?
This museum tells the stories of the most famous soldiers with uniforms and artifacts.
This museum is included for free with several tourist attraction discount passes.
Household Cavalry Museum
You can get a look at how the mounted military dress, train, and go through their daily routines at the Household Cavalry Museum.

Many visitors love getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the horses are cared for and what the Queen’s Cavalry still does in today’s modern world.
This museum is included for free with several tourist attraction discount passes.
Tower of London
The Tower of London fascinates people all over the world, thanks to its long history of being used as a fortress, holding prisoners, and now as the home of the Crown Jewels.
Walk through the Tower to go back in time, see armor of past kings and their horses, and be entertained by the charismatic Beefeaters when they give tours. And don’t forget to see the Crown Jewels!
This museum is included for free with several tourist attraction discount passes.

From ships to aviation and spanning both World Wars, London has a treasure trove of memorabilia and artifacts that teach us about UK military history throughout the centuries.

Learn the origins of the British Army, how it has adapted to technology, and how it has communicated with the public.

Go to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to learn about maritime technology, wars fought, and how the UK began its trading with the outside world.
Take along our self-guided tour of Greenwich.

Visit this museum to see old planes from both World Wars as well as various other aircraft pieces and wartime memorabilia.
Kids will also stay entertained in the interactive gallery and 3D experience.

The IWM London focuses on displaying the perspectives of people who lived through war themselves. The exhibits cover multiple wars and have artifacts from soldiers and civilians.

8.Military Museum Ingolstadt (Bayerisches Armeemuseum)
Excellent museum even for a non-German speaker. the exhibits are clearly displayed and although only labelled in German It is easy to get a “feel” for the exhibits. In the Historical section the arms and armour can be appreciated as works of art without their military connotation. If visiting Munich it is very easy to get to Ingolstadt by train. Recommendation is taking a taxi first to Neus Schloss (ask for armeemuseum). When finished walk across the Danube to the Red Fort for WW1.
Ingolstadt is a beautiful historical town so if you are with non-military buffs there is plenty for you to see and do while you indulge.
This is a museum focusing on the army and weapons from the past. Very interesting displays and a wide array of weapons from the past till present.
A “Must See” For All Military History Buffs
Entrance to all museums was €7. There is parking near the “Neues Schloss” and you can easily walk to the multiple sites that host this museum. The books for sale at the Kasse are not the standard fare, you’ll find some obscure volumes.
Address: Schlosslaende 1, 85049 Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany

9.Military Museum Rome, Italy
Salvatore Rizzacasa avid collector of historical material of the 30s and 40s years of last century, has designed and implemented this important historic site.

The Museum is located in Via Tolmino 6 within the Hotel Relais 6 in Rome. This little jewel of architectual building, dating back to the 30s, was the seat during the Second World War of a logistics base for the Allied forces during the liberation of Rome in June 1944 .
Museum Of The Allied Forces – Rome
Address: Via Tolmino, 6
Location: 00198 Rome (RM)
Contact us to book your free visit at the Museum of the Allied Forces in Rome. Opening Hours, only by apointment: MON – FRI 09:00 – 12:00 / 16:00 – 20:00 SAT 10:00 – 13:00
Museo delle Forze Alleate
Address: Via Tolmino, 6 – 00198
City or town: Roma RM
Tel: +39 06 85 35 8888
Fax: +39 06 85 35 8880

10. Military Museum Dresden (The Bundeswehr Museum of Military History)
The Bundeswehr Museum of Military History in Dresden offers two approaches to military history, which are reflected both in the architecture and the design of the exhibition. The Museum consists of two parts: the arsenal that was built in the 1870s and the new extension designed by U.S. architect Daniel Libeskind, completed in 2011. Shaped like a wedge, the extension cuts through the old arsenal. The play of light and shade produced by the new wedge symbolizes the eventful military history of Germany.
Visitor address
Olbrichtplatz 2, 01099 Dresden
Opening hours
daily 10 am-6 pm / Monday 10 am-9 pm, free admission from 6 pm / Wednesday closed

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