... a personal view from a visit by our Mil Mod website member, Terry Dibbens, in 2009.
The Panzer museum is located at 33 Hans-Kruger strasse, Munster. It is 1 hours drive north of Hannover, and not to be confused with Munster in the Ruhr area. The museum is then well sign posted when you get into Munster itself.
Upon arriving at the museum there is a small car park and you can also park in the street. Out side there are some vehicles on display. One of interest to me was a tank on a train transport from the 1960s which also has the ramp attached.
On entry to the museum itself you are greeted by the staff who can all speak English. Entry price is 5 euros, which I think is very cheap. The first area you enter has uniforms and pictures of German solders from all periods of time.
Hall 1 is for me the best part of the museum as it mainly covers the 2 World wars. It is broken up into 6 sections. The First World War has a replica A7V set in a diorama which you can look inside. Next is the 1919-1939 section which has an early German Police car. Next is the Blitzkrieg section which has vehicles and guns from the early years of World War 2 1939-1940. The next 2 sections cover vehicles and guns from 1941 until 1945 including 3 allied vehicles. One vehicle of particular interest I thought is a Jagdpanther which has been hit numerous times and has not had its front armour penetrated.
The last section has vehicles from after the war when Germany had 2 armies, 1 in the west and 1 in the east.
In hall 1 the only problem I found is that the vehicles are some times to close together and difficult to photograph but they do not have any barriers so you can get up close for important stuff you want to photograph. Off the main hall is a small room which has toy soldiers, weapons and uniforms from all periods right up to modern times. Of particular interest is the desert uniform and death mask of the desert Fox. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Also in the museum is Guderians own black Panzer uniform.
In hall 2 are vehicles from after the wars years, right up to modern times. The vehicles in this hall are from Germany, Britain, America and Russia. These include some training turrets which enable you to get a good look inside and see where things are stowed etc.
Halls 3, 4 and 5 are much smaller halls and are mainly modern German vehicles. Hall 3 has support vehicles for the Bundeswehr. Hall 4 is the Bundeswehr hunting vehicles
Hall 5 is a display of vehicles that so you what they are doing now around the world. Of interest in hall 5 is an Israeli Merkava Mk1.
Included below is an album with a selection of the photos I took during my visit, just to illustrate the kind of things you can expect to find at this fine museum, at the heart of the Panzer.
To finish off there is a small café and shop where you can get drinks, snacks, keyrings, books and tee shirts. Finally some basic information that is important to many, that toilets are situated all around the museum and disabled access is easy to all areas.
Terry Dibbens, May 2009