Airborne at the bridge

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Airborne at the bridge
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Vfrphil
537 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We spent an hour or so chatting to the friendly chaps there who were very knowledgeable about what happened on 17 September 1944 and, of course, the following days. They were keen to explain what actually happened and not as depicted in the film “A Bridge Too Far”. We learned that the current bridge is actually the 3rd one! The Dutch blew the first one up, then it was rebuilt and destroyed by bombing and the German retreating destroyed it. The bridges’ foundation is original. The small museum is free to enter with explanations and short films. Of course a great view of the current bridge from the seating area.

Please leave a donation if you enjoyed the company - we did both.
Written May 10, 2022
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Tottenham Dave
Witham, UK27 contributions
Oct 2021
If I could I would vote 10 out of 10.This Museum is small but very informative.When we went in a lady approached us who worked there and spent at least 30 minutes talking to us asking about our interest in the battle.
Someof the stories in there are breathtaking so well worth a visit folks.GOD BLESS ARNHEM
Written October 26, 2021
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bg564
Windhoek, Namibia702 contributions
May 2021
I have been visiting Arnhem for years but never knew about this museum. I was walking in the downtown and a friend asked if I was interested in seeing the museum about the bridge. It's a small exhibit but very well organized and with a lot of information. There is a video in the basement about the progression of the battle that is also very much worth seeing. This museum should be a must see when visiting Arnhem.
Written April 14, 2022
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Absorb the history of Operation Market Garden in this little gem of a museum, which is free to enter, positioned next to the Lower Rhine (Neder Rijn) River. Great views to be had of John Frost Bridge. The staff are extremely knowledgable and spoke good English.
Written August 12, 2020
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LakeIslandGirl
Ormond Beach, FL362 contributions
Apr 2019
After going to the airborne museum, I thought this would be a disappointment. However, it is totally different from the other museum and the education films are awesome. I am so glad I took the time to check it out.
Written January 8, 2020
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Kate S
Manchester, UK30 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We wandered into this museum almost by accident. What a remarkable find! As someone who has trouble visualizing topography, this little museum provides the best film I've seen to explain what happened in this region during Operation Market Garden. The main museum focuses on the experiences of three individuals who fought and died during the operation, without judgement about their ideology. The personal narrative helps to give perspective based on the combatants at that time. The bridge over which this battle was fought is in view the entire time. The curator of this museum is worth the visit all by himself. I had the privilege of both hearing him speak to others and speaking to him myself about the history of the bridge and Arnhem in general. If you have the opportunity to speak with him, I highly encourage doing so. The man is a walking Wikipedia! I learned a lot at this tiny museum. If you are a history buff, this absolutely needs to be on your list.
Written October 25, 2018
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Wiggo22
Manchester, UK18 contributions
Oct 2018
This isn’t really a museum: it doesn’t have many artefacts. It’s more a place from which to overlook the bridge and the Rhine.

The two gentlemen who manned the place were lovely – friendly, knowledgeable and sympathetic.

The story of the bridge is told via storyboards and short films of three individuals who fought and died there. One British, one Dutch and one German. And that’s where things go wrong. There is no moral equivalence between two brave men fighting and dying to liberate the Netherlands and a Waffen-SS commander. The SS commander was decorated for his actions in Normandy – just look up the SS’s murderous behaviour there.

Worse, some of the film’s content must be grossly offensive to the few surviving veterans and the families of the many British dead. “enemies, but think about their mothers…” says one actor of the fallen Germans. There is no such sympathy for the mothers of the dead Paras. “We resoundingly defeated the British….” gloats an actor playing a central-casting Nazi. Ye Gods!

The respect shown by the people of Arnhem and Oosterbeek for those who died in September 1944 is heart-warming, but this is just wrong. Please Arnhem, put this mistake right!
Written October 11, 2018
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mark f
Scarborough, UK74 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Well worth a visit. Situated near the John Frost Bridge. Some interesting visual information and stories. Very good.
Written October 7, 2018
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John K
West Cork116 contributions
Feb 2020
There is free entry to this exhibition of photos, exhibits and video shows. The staff were very helpful and this is well worth a visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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DDayPaul
Bayeux, France198 contributions
Nov 2019
Before I get to the negatives, the staff were very friendly, accommodating and are clearly proud of their city's history.

But alas, unless you are completely ignorant about the battle for Arnhem bridge and Operation Market Garden you won't get much out of the displays here. The badly animated video downstairs is so basic it serves little purpose.

Some of the artefacts upstairs are nice, as are the displays about a few of the participants, but overall I was disappointed. Luckily it was free, so it's worth a peek if you are in the area
Written November 24, 2019
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