The Verzetsmuseum, voted the best historical museum of the Netherlands, documents the horrific and inspiring stories of the Dutch Resistance during World War Two.
The museum started its life in 1985, when a group of historians and veterans of the War created an exhibition about how ordinary civilians in the Netherlands attempted to resist Nazi occupation. Following its success, the exhibition evolved into the Verzetsmuseum, or the Resistance Museum, that we see today.
The displays on offer throughout the building are designed to portray an accurate feel of what Nazi occupation was like for the Dutch. Part of the museum has been designed to replicate a section of a street in Amsterdam, where propaganda posters and authentic objects are combined with sound effects and film, to create the humbling atmosphere of an everyday war time street.
The exhibitions present a host of authentic items from war-torn Amsterdam, with personal stories and historical documents helping to provide you with an emotional context. There are exceptional stories of bravery and courage, but also stories from everyday civilians, portraying how they coped and attempted to resist Nazi occupation.
In its records office, the Verzetsmuseum houses one of the largest collections of documents relating to the resistance movement in the Netherlands. Their records include a huge assortment of personal accounts concerning Dutch resistance, including stories and memoirs, through to taped interviews with Dutch Jews.
In order to gain the most out of your visit, free handheld PDA computers containing relevant information and videos are available to carry around the attractions. When you reach an exhibit, wireless signals direct the PDA to elaborate on what you are seeing.
Regular temporary attractions visit the museum covering a whole host of different subjects, for instance, football during World War Two. These temporary attractions change often, and so it is worth checking the website for the most recent information at www.verzetsmuseum.org.
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