The term "museum" is not protected by law in Germany. Nevertheless, museum work does not take place outside principles agreed upon collectively. Through its active participation in national and international organizations that are committed to professional ethics and the protection of cultural property in museums, the Museum endeavors to do constructive and sound museum work.
The most important institutional memberships of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History at the Berlin-Gatow airfield are with the following organizations:
These memberships involve the voluntary commitment of the Museum to observe the statutes of the various associations, the most important of which are:
In terms of technical control, the Museum is subordinate to the Military History Research Institute in Potsdam (MGFA).