The Verzets Museum is one of Amsterdam's most intriguing and important museums chronicling the Dutch resistance movement during World War II.
It is located in the old Jewish quarter (eastern part of the city) opposite the Artis Zoo.
A visit to the Dutch resistance museum will give you an insight into the history of Netherlands between the 1930s and the 1950s - from the invasion and takeover of the country by the Germans, the rise of the resistance movement, the general strikes, the persecution of the city's Jewish residents, the food shortages / hunger winter, how espionage groups smuggled info to England and finally to liberation and post-war Netherlands.
The collection is marked by many personal stories with (propoganda) posters, photos and artefacts giving a taste of what life was like during the period. You will see for example, ration books, forged identity papers, household items including a strainer made from a German soldier's helmet. Exhibits are well labelled in both Dutch and English. There is a free audio tour available.
There is also an interesting side exhibition on the Dutch East-Indeas during WW2 and Japanese occupation.
There is a museum shop in the foyer and a café-restaurant called Plancius (named after the building itself) situated next-door with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Resistance Museum Junior has recently been added in a new wing and is aimed at children aged from 9 years. Exhibits focus on the lives of wartime children and labelling is in both Dutch and English.
Verzetsmuseum Essential Info
Opening Times: 1000-1700 (Tue-Fri), 1100-1700 (Sat to Mon).
Admission Prices (2015): Adults pay €10, children 7-15 pay €5. Free entry for children 0-6, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. The entrance ticket is valid for both the main museum and the children's section.
A 1 hour guided tour for groups are available in Dutch, English and German at an additional cost of €60 - book in advance.
Getting There: Verzetsmuseum is easily walkable from the centre of Amsterdam - head towards Waterlooplein and continue further along the Plantage Middenlaan. Turn left at Plantage Kerklaan. By public transport you can take tram 14 from Dam Square or tram 9 from Central Station to the Plantage Kerklaan stop.
Resistance Museum, Plantage Kerklaan 61, Amsterdam
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