The Verzets Resistance 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 Amsterdam Royal Zoo.
A visit to the Dutch resistance museum will give you an insight into the history of the Netherlands between the 1930s and the 1950s – from the invasion and takeover of the country by the Germans and the rise of the resistance movement.
It also covers the general strikes, the persecution of the city’s Jewish residents, the food shortages and 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 (propaganda) 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 in 7 languages – Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.
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 in a separate wing is aimed at children aged from 9 years. Exhibits focus on the lives of wartime children and labelling is in both Dutch and English.
Note, the Verzetsmuseum was closed between 13 March and 31 May 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 1 June it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain social distancing. One-way walking routes are clearly marked in the museum.
Verzets Resistance Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||1000-1700 (Mon-Fri), 1100-1700 (Sat/Sun/Holidays).|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€12.00 for adults, €6.50 for children 7-17. FREE entry for children 0-6, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. A family ticket (1-2 adults, up to 3 children) costs €28.00.|
|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 Amsterdam Central Station to the Plantage Kerklaan stop. Or take metro lines 51, 53 or 54 to Waterlooplein.|
Verzets Resistance Museum, Plantage Kerklaan 61, 1018 CX Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 620 2535, verzetsmuseum.org