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Freedom Museum

Berg en Dal, Gelderland, Netherlands

The National Liberation Museum examines the history of the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War Two, as well as the legacy and reconstruction of the post-war era.

Antara Bate

27 Jul 2021
Image Credit: Wikimedia: RenseNBM / CC

About Freedom Museum

From May 2019, the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek became Freedom Museum. The museum examines the history of the occupation of the Netherlands during World War Two, as well as the events leading up to this period and the legacy and reconstruction of the post-war era.

Freedom Museum history

Designed to describe the history of the period and challenge visitors to understand the reality of this time, the museum mixes exhibitions with interactive displays to bring the challenges of the period to the forefront of the visit. Also weaved into the experience are films showing original footage from the time and displays, dioramas, music and even aromas from the period.

The Freedom Museum is a historical educational museum that tells the cross-border and multi-perspective story of War and Freedom without Borders for young and old. The focus is on the Second World War, in the context of the history of the 20th century and current events. The museum is affiliated with the Dutch Museum Association (NMV) and has the Registered Museum quality mark.

Freedom Museum today

Split into three permanent exhibitions, Freedom Museum covers the inter-war years and those of the German occupation, the liberation period and the post-war era. There is a particular focus on certain key elements of the campaign to liberate Europe which took place in the vicinity of the museum, including Operation Market Garden as well as the war in the Lower Rhine region.

The museum also includes an area devoted to remembering the 150,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives during the campaign to liberate Western Europe. There is also an extensive activity programme including battlefield tours, film screenings and children’s programmes. Both individuals and groups can visit the museum, where they can also enjoy a visit to the museum café and museum shop.

Getting to Freedom Museum

From Nijmegen Central Station visitors can take city bus 5 to Groesbeek, “De Oude Molen” stop. From this stop it is only a 5 minute walk to the museum.

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