The Verzetsmuseum, or the ‘Dutch Resistance Museum’ as it is known in English, is located in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. The museum tells the story of how the Dutch dealt with the Second World War including their response to the Nazi occupation and how they resisted the takeover.
The museum gives you a fantastic glimpse into the everyday life of a typical Dutch person during wartime, as well as the exceptional stories of heroes such as Anne Frank. The museum sees thousands of visitors every year; below is a short guide to the wonderful facilities on offer, as well as helpful information about getting there.
The outdoor of the museum
How to Get There
The museum itself is located in the fast-developing museum area. The Jewish Historical Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the Netherlands’ largest science centre are all within close proximity of the Verzetsmuseum. There is an onsite car parking area if you have your own car, although this will set you back 10 Euros for a day’s parking.
If you want to take public transport, tram number 9 will take you directly from the centre of Amsterdam to the museum, or you can take subway numbers 51, 53 or 54 and exit at Waterlooplein, which is within easy walking distance.
The permanent exhibitions at the Verzetsmuseum take visitors back to wartime, with mock up 1940s streets and authentic objects. It’s as if you have stepped back in time. There are many incredible photographs, newspapers and videos displayed which give you an idea of what it was really like living in Holland at the time of the Nazis.
The main exhibitions show the variety of ways in which people resisted the takeover. From strikes to forging documents, going into hiding, armed resistance and underground newspapers, the Verzetsmuseum displays it all.
An example of some of the exhibition material in the museum
Temporary exhibitions come and go depending on the time of year you visit. All of these are also related to the Dutch resistance during World War 2. There have been newspaper exhibitions, person specific exhibitions as well as exhibitions regarding the Jewish Dutch people and soldiers in the past.
In early 2013, the touring exhibition is called Barbed Wires and follows the story of Dutch conscripts who fought for the Nazis during World War 2. It tells the fascinating story of the reaction of their fellow Dutch people when they returned home.
There is a free audio guide available for all visitors, and it comes in English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch. It will guide you round the permanent exhibition at the Verzetsmuseum and provides extra information should you be particularly interested.
There is also a book available to purchase that is a guided Anne Frank walk throughout Amsterdam. It can be followed by foot or tram, and is available in English and Dutch. If you would like a personal guided tour of the museum that is also available; simply call or e-mail in advance with your request.
The museum has an onsite café and restaurant and a wonderful museum shop so you can get a souvenir of your visit. If you take a look at their website you will also be able to find itinerary ideas, which ensures you’ll get to see everything on show.
The Verzetsmuseum in Amsterdam is a must visit for anyone interested in World War 2. Even if you’re not a history buff, the museum has a lot of interactive exhibitions making it a suitable place for the entire family.
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