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Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum

The Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum (German: Historisch-Technisches Museum Peenemünde or HTM), former “Peenemünde Information Centre for History and Technology” (German: Historisch-Technisches Informationszentrum Peenemünde or HTI) is a museum, founded in 1991, in the observation bunker and site of the former power station in Peenemünde on the island of Usedom in eastern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. The museum is dedicated to the history of the Peenemünde Army Research Centre and the Luftwaffe test site of “Peenemünde-West”, especially the rockets and missiles developed there between 1936 and 1945. Since January 2007, the information center has become an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), a Europe-wide network of industrial monuments, and a part of the ERIH themed routes for Energy and Transport & Communication.

In 2008, the museum had 222,000 visitors including many school classes. Around € 6.5M were invested in the museum’s renovation and expansion; a further investment of € 3.9 M is planned. In 2002 the HTM was given the Coventry Cross of Nails and in 2013 the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award.

Polish Army Museum

Museum of the Polish Army (Polish: Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) is a museum in Warsaw documenting the military aspects of the history of Poland. Created in 1920, it occupies a wing of the building of the Polish National Museum as well as several branches in Poland. It’s Warsaw’s second largest museum and the largest collection of military objects in Poland. The collection illustrates a thousand years of Polish military history – from the 10th century to the Second World War.

The Porsche Automuseum Gmünd 

The Porsche Automuseum Gmünd is a private museum opened by Helmut Pfeifhofer in 1982, which is still run as a family business, Pfeifhofer GmbH. It is housed in a building of the Marhof, the former court stables of the Counts of Lodron, near the center of Gmünd and features exhibits from the construction history of the car manufacturer on two floors. Unlike the Porsche Museum on the factory premises in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the Gmünder Automuseum is a privately financed company that counts about 60,000 visitors annually.

In an archive room, information on the company and vehicle history is presented on display boards and a documentary video film is presented. Many of the exhibits are regularly moved by museum founder Helmut Pfeifhofer on exits. His son, Christoph Pfeifhofer, participates in historic racing events with cars prepared in the museum workshop, in the 2005 season with a 911 3.0 RS.

Exhibits:

  • Steyr 30 – Type 45, Year 1932 – a construction by Ferdinand Porsches for Steyr-Werke AG, presented in 1930, years of construction 1932-1933.
  • VW Type 82 Kübelwagen.
  • Porsche 597 Jagdwagen.
  • Reconstructed wood models of the types Porsche 356 and Spyder, as they were used from 1948 for the molding of the body panels.
  • Several models of the Porsche 356 and the Porsche 911 Series.
  • Porsche 962 Coupe.
  • Various Rally E, for example, the 910 / S Bergspyder.
  • Formula racing cars such as the  Formula Super V from the Porsche production.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada – Winnipeg, Canada

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (formerly the Western Canada Aviation Museum) is a museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the second largest aviation museum in Canada. The collection is housed in an original Trans-Canada Air Lines hangar dating from the 1930s.

Royal Air Force Museum – Cosford, England

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, located in Cosford in Shropshire, is a museum dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force in particular. The museum is part of the Royal Air Force Museum, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and a registered charity. The museum is spread over two sites in England; the other site is at the Royal Air Force Museum London at Colindale (near Hendon) in north London.

Royal Air Force Museum – London, England

The Royal Air Force Museum London, commonly called the RAF Museum, is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome, with five major buildings and hangars dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. It is part of the Royal Air Force Museum, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and a registered charity.

A second collection of exhibits, plus aircraft restoration facilities, is housed at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, five miles northwest of Wolverhampton.

Royal Military College of Canada

The Royal Military College of Canada (French: Collège militaire royal du Canada), commonly abbreviated as RMCC or RMC, is the military college of the Canadian Armed Forces, and is a degree-granting university training military officers. RMC was established in 1876 and is the only federal institution in Canada with degree-granting powers. The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959 empowers the college to confer degrees in arts, science, and engineering. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels both on campus as well as through the College’s distance learning programme via the Division of Continuing Studies.

Located on Point Frederick, a 41-hectare (101-acre) peninsula in Kingston, Ontario, the college is a blend of older, historic buildings, as well as more modern academic, athletic, and dormitory facilities. Officer cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada are trained in what are known as the “four pillars” of academics, officership, athletics, and bilingualism.

Sammlung Historischer Panzer der Armee – Thun, Switzerland

The museum is inside a Swiss military camp. There are a lot of old historical panzers. Americans, British, Germans, Russian panzers and vehicles remind you of the great battles especially from the second world war. You will need to come during daylight hours and have a passport since this is a military base.

Schweizerisches Militärmuseum Full – Full-Reuenthal, Switzerland

The Schweizerisches Militärmuseum Full is the Swiss military museum, located in Full-Reuenthal, canton Aargau. The museum displays military hardware and uniforms of Swiss and foreign armed forces, mainly from World War II and the Cold War.

Shropshire Regimental Museum – Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

The Regimental Museum was established in 1985 and is housed in the medieval border fortress of Shrewsbury Castle.

The Castle houses the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, silverware, weapons and other artefacts from the 18th Century to the present day.

There is also a Modern Army display (including information on The Rifles), items from the collections of the Lords Lieutenant of Shropshire and a history of the Castle itself.

The oldest parts of the Castle were built between 1067 and 1074, during the reign of William the Conqueror and, gradually rebuilt in stone, it became a major border fortress in the Middle Ages. After the conquest of Wales by 1300, the Castle fell into disrepair but in the late 16th century it was revived to become a domestic residence.

Refortified and briefly besieged during the Civil Wars (1642-51), the Castle was returned to a domestic use under Charles II. In the late 18th century Thomas Telford remodelled the Great Hall as a private house, which it remained until just after World War One.

The Castle was acquired by the Corporation of Shrewsbury in 1924 through the generosity of Shropshire Horticultural Society. Having been used as the borough council chamber for most of the 20th century, Shrewsbury Castle became the home of the Shropshire Regimental Museum in 1985.

Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum

The Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim is a technology museum in Sinsheim, Germany. Opened in 1981, it is run by a registered association called “Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim e.V.” which also runs the Technik Museum Speyer.

Technik Museum Speyer – Speyer, Germany

The Technik Museum Speyer is a technology museum in Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany.

United States Army Ordnance Museum

The U.S. Army Ordnance Museum is a museum that is in the process of being re-located to Fort Lee, outside Petersburg, Virginia. Its previous building—at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland—closed in September 2010.

The mission of the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant equipment, armaments and materiel that relates to the history of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and to document and present the evolution and development of U.S. military ordnance material dating from the American Colonial Period to present day.

United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum – United States

The United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum is a private non-profit museum in Quincy, Massachusetts featuring USS Salem (CA-139), a heavy cruiser docked at the former Fore River Shipyard where she was laid down in 1945. The museum was established in 1993, in response to efforts by local officials and volunteers to revive the shipyard area after operations at Fore River ended in 1986. Several exhibits are on board Salem relating to United States naval history and shipbuilding. Before being moved to a different pier, the museum featured dockside fixtures and a miniature golf course.

West Point Museum – United States

The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The Museum will supplement cadet academic, cultural and military instruction and provide educational programs and services for military and civilian personnel. As a public institution, the museum stimulates interest in the United States Military Academy, the United States Army, and the Military Profession.

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