The Museum at the Berlin-Gatow airfield is going through a comprehensive redesign phase.
In addition to the organizational merger with the Dresden Museum, the optimization of the depot structure, the adaptation of organizational processes to international standards and the integration of further Bundeswehr collections, the exhibition areas of the Museum are also being redesigned.
From June 2017 to the end of the redevelopment of Hangar 4 as the future main building of the museum, a redesigned exhibition will be displayed in Hangar 3. This intermediate exhibition will give a general overview of the history of military flight in Germany, focussing on people involved. Here, we will display especially those large artifacts, that do not require major refurbishments for being integrated into the new museum. Also, Hangar 3 will remain a space for special and temporary exhibitions.In the future Museum at the Berlin-Gatow airfield, there will be a central museum building, the so-called Hall of Time, in Hangar 4. On an area of almost 5,000 square meters, visitors will be given a historical overview of the development of military aviation and of the relationship between air forces and society in Germany. With a central entrance area, a cafeteria and a cinema auditorium, this main building will also offer new options for visitor support.
The outdoor display area will be adapted accordingly. Visitors are meant to enter an apparently functioning airfield where a visitor guidance system will direct them to presentations and thematic islands.
Subject of further planning are exhibitions on airfield firefighting services in the old fire station, on the history of Gatow airfield (with special emphasis of the Berlin Airlift) in the tower building, and on aerial warfare as the most recent development in the military use of force, in Hangar 3.
Our next steps:
4 October 2016: Closing of the old exhibition in Hangar 3
June 2017: Re-Opening of Hangar 3 with a re-designed exhibition (intermediate solution until Hangar 4 is opened)
October 2017: Closing of Hangar 7, which will be used as a depot in the future