what our visitors say
6 SWAP ANNE FRANK FOR THE RESISTANCE MUSEUM
This a great place to get several first person accounts of the Nazi Germany invasion and occupation of the Netherlands. Inside you will find stories and a fantastic audio guide that takes you through Amsterdam life in the 30’s and 40’s.
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My favourite museum in Amsterdam, and perhaps the world, is the Dutch Resistance Museum. This lovely museum covers all areas of resistance and asks tough questions in a kind and compassionate way – what would you do as an official under occupation? You are being told to give orders you violently disagree with, but if you resign, you know they’ll replace you with a nazi, and if you disobey they’ll kill you, then replace you with a nazi. There’s a sharp focus on everyday life and experiences which is deeply affecting. A real must see.
We saw the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk, Van Gogh, Hermitage, and Anne Frank museums, but none of them really delivered an experience as cohesive as the one the Verzetsmuseum provided. I think this is partially due to the specific nature of the museum itself - naturally, it relied on many written artifacts and personal accounts of stressful and dangerous times - so it gave a very personal perspective that really allowed you to step into the shoes of the Dutch resistance.
'(…) I have been to a number of exhibitions like this one but this one is one of the best.
It is informative and done with empathy.'
'A well displayed and informative approach to such a touching subject.
This tells others about what happend in Netherland and touches another places I have heard. (…)
Touching and informative.'
Scotland, 16.02. 2007
'Fascinating exhibition. So important we don’t forget those who died and those who resisted.
Only by understanding and learning from our pasts we can hope to have a future in which we are not persecuted on any grounds (religion, race, sexual orientation) .
Unfortunately, we still have a lot of learning to do.'
Annemarie Railly, Scotland
'Thank you. I really enjoyed this exhibit. I though it was amazing how many authentic objects you have. I always believed, and this exhibit confirmed my belief, that when people are oppressed, no matter how, they will always find a way to resist.'
Mike Glass, USA
'Emotionally exhausing- I cried several times. I knew a lot about the era but seeing it on the fact as it were, really bring it home to you- the realitiy of it.
Should be a required visit if visiting amsterdam. Thank you for a inspiring and thought provoking museum.'
Lic Ronxd, UK
'This is my fourth visit and each time I take away something new. It is important to the Dutch experience that I and many others keep coming back. Many stories here allow me to take strength from human experience under trying times.'
Paul Mc Carthy, Scotland
'Very impressive and moving, you can feel from this exhibition the pain and suffer they had in the second world war.'
Yedida Gabbay, Israel
'A fantastic exhibition, superbly presented. Moving and full of information. Enlightening.'
The Mole&Imman family, USA
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#5 Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum (the Resistance Museum),
located right by the Artis Zoo, has been called by some the city's best-kept secret. One TripAdvisor traveler says the museum answered historical questions that arose during a visit to the Anne Frank House, questions like: "how all of that could happen and what did the people do to let in continue for so long etc."
This is a thoroughly fascinating and thought provoking exhibition. It is beautifully presented and contains a wealth of information and personal testimony. One of Amsterdam's most interesting places to visit.
'For a long time the question “What would I do?” stays in your thoughts.'
1815ish reacts on Introduction movie - The Dutch Resistance Museum: One of the best museums that I have ever been in. Brilliantly laid out. A very interesting history of a very brave people.
The Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum) is at Plantage Kerklaan 61, in the Plantage area of the city, east of the city centre. It took us about 10 minutes on the number 9 tram from the Centraal Station, getting off at the Plantage Middenlaan stop, from where it's very short walk (the museum is pretty much opposite the zoo, if that makes things easier). The museum basically tells the story of the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. It starts off with a look at Dutch society before the war, goes on to the German invasion and then German attitudes towards the Dutch (the Germans viewed the Dutch as "fellow-Aryans" and so they were initially comparatively well-treated), then overt and undercover resistance to the Nazis are covered, before finishing with the liberation in 1944 to 45. The museum doesn't ignore controversial subjects, such as Dutch co-operation with the Nazis; many Dutch mayors for example refused to resign arguing that if they did they would be replaced by pro-Nazis, which would only make things worse. The museum makes no attempt to defend or condemn; it gives you the information and lets you make your own mind up. The question the museum poses but never explicitly asks is at what point does co-operation become collaboration? Also covered are the fate of Dutch Jews (over 80% of whom didn't survive the war - the Dutch police became quite adept at rounding them up with only minimal German supervision) and Dutchmen who joined SS Regiments. The museum is very well captioned in multiple languages (including German, although strangely we didn't see any Germans here...), there's a big range of exhibits, lots of multimedia content, and also interactive stuff (probably our favourite was where you're given a magnifying glass to see if you can tell the difference between a genuine ID card and a counterfeit one produced by the resistance). All in all, a fascinating and thought provoking museum.
Having Visited Yad Vashem in Jeruzalem, the Holocaust Museum in Vilna,
Lithiuania, the Soah Museum in Nottingham, U.K. and others I can truly
say that this exhibition details better than anywhere the banality of
evil, with use of original footage + material. The Holocaust was no
plaque or beast, this was a planed decission carried out by men/women
against other men/women. Would I have resisted in those conditions? Not
anyone can answer that question.
Miriam Wernick, london, U.K.
'The Verzetsmuseum was a highlight of my visit to Amsterdam. The small
artifacts,the historical descriptions, the well designed graphics and
the music all contributed to a very moving and worthwhile
experience. In sum the museum is a tribute to the indomitable spirit
of the Dutch people and their legendary efforts to save those
persecuted by the Nazis. This is a particularly good exhibition for
High School students.'
Jon Haber, San Francisco