View Full Version : The Museums Thread - Where You Been? Where You Wanna Go?

10-29-2008, 04:17 PM
A common interest we all share here is seeing for ourselves, in front of our own eyes, the remaining Submarines and U-Boats, general militaria and places forever connected to them by history. The views of the threads posted here documenting member's experiences of museums and historic locations are always very high and well responded to.

Imagine then, if you will, that time, money and distance were no constraints - Where would you go? Well, hopefully, all you'd need to do is consult this thread http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I thought it might be useful if we were to post here all the Museums we have enjoyed (some members here are directly involved in the running of them of course). Anywhere in the world, they are all welcome here You never know, thanks to your recommendation, you might just inspire someone else to go take a look around too! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I have been to The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, UK (http://www.rnsubmus.co.uk/) I need to go back - it was some years ago now. I recall walking through a Submarine, remembering the guide saying that if anyone felt claustrophobic, we were to shout and someone would come and lead us off. Has anyone been in recent years? Is that Sub still there? It was complete when I went.

RAF Tangmere Museum UK (http://www.tangmere-museum.org.uk/) Tangmere is a little small, but then it was never big in the first place! It has some excellent aircraft you can get really close up to, and it's contribution to the war effort as a base for Spitfires cannot be dismissed. The smell of what I guess was hydraulic fluid and engine oil was stirring stuff!

HMS Belfast (http://hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk/) Again, another childhood trip, but I've seen her from the banks of the Thames in recent years. I should go again really. I remember access was excellent, and the trip lasted best part of a day.

Newhaven Fort (http://www.newhavenfort.org.uk/) which whilst not directly linked to the games we play, still fascinating nonetheless with all it's underground tunnels and gun emplacements over looking the English Channel.

@ Goose_Green - I'll leave Bovington, which I went to many years ago now, for you to post, seeing as you have just returned from there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

One day I have promised myself to visit Laboe in Germany - I'm sure someone who has visited will about it here.

10-29-2008, 05:08 PM
Another bright idea RJ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

On Tuesday I visited Bovington Tank Museum (http://www.tankmuseum.org/) where I captured many of the notable tanks and posted pictures of them here (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/4941044996). A very good museum which takes you on a journey from the Great War to the latest notable war involving tanks, the Gulf War! There are many excellent exhibits to view. One must note that the museum will be fully finished next February and visitors will be able to view the entire collection as some exhibits are presently closed off while construction continues!

I will also refer to the German Marine Memorial (http://www.deutscher-marinebund.de/geschichte_me.htm) at Laboe which I was fortunate to visit in February 2007. The memorial features a massive tower that is 72-metre high with an observation deck atop the tower. The deck stands a total 85 m above sea level. A hall of remembrance and the WWII-era German submarine U-995, which houses a technical museum, both sit near the foot of the monument. Also, there is the U Boat memorial further down the coastline at Möltenort, this memorial honours all u-boat men lost during the two world wars.

These two memorial sites are an absolute must to visit if you ever plan a trip to Germany!

You can see the pictures I took of the U-995 and the two memorials here (http://www.pbase.com/kevbelcher/u995__laboe)

I am hoping to follow in Messervy's footsteps and visit the D-Day beaches next Spring!

10-29-2008, 09:58 PM
I've visited the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/) several times. I'd say it is a must see for aviation fans. Airplanes all the way from pre-WWI to the F-22. The experimental aircraft hangar has some one of a kind planes like the only remaining XB-70 Valkyrie. They list all of the planes they have there on the website.

Visited the USS Cod (http://www.usscod.org/) in Cleveland, Ohio a few times. Posted a whole slew of pics from one of my visits here http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6421019045/m/6531017466

Been to the museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois a bunch of times. It's the home of the U-505 (http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/u-505/). I'd gone on the tour of the submarine when I was younger, but I haven't seen it since they redid the exhibit. Last time I was there the u-boat was still outdoors. Eventually I'll visit there again.

10-30-2008, 05:34 AM
I spent nice time a year ago at Fortified Region Hel
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/75...581045755#7581045755 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/7581045755?r=7581045755#7581045755)

and two years ago - Polish Navy Museum in Gdynia
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/78...461056394#8461056394 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/7871063215?r=8461056394#8461056394)

10-30-2008, 06:58 AM
I've been to Australian National Maritime Museum (http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=163) at Sydney Darling Harbour. I was planning to go to this museum again to take some pictures to share with the community here but unfortunately the Oberon Class Sub HMAS Onslow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm/2959582269/) is being maintained.

I've also been to Australian War Memorial (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_War_Memorial). I think I'll pay another visit sometime during the upcoming holiday season.

10-30-2008, 07:08 AM
I forgot something ...
Forum Marinum in Turku / Finland
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/85...561082036#8561082036 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/8561082036?r=8561082036#8561082036)
http://www.forum-marinum.fi/site/index.php?option=com_c...iew&id=83&Itemid=103 (http://www.forum-marinum.fi/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=83&Itemid=103)

10-31-2008, 02:26 PM
This thread is developing nicely http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

All these excellent places to visit! Thank you so far for the recommendations http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif