Overloon War Museum

Overloon War Museum

Overloon War Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Overloon War Museum is the biggest WWII museum in The Netherland. Right here, the tank battle of Overloon unfolded in the autumn of 1944. The village of Overloon was totally devestated back then. In order to remember the casualties and victims of that episode the museum was founded in 1946, even before the village was rebuilt. Nowadays over 100,000 people visit the museum every year. The first exhibition is about the occupation of The Netherlands from 1940 till 1945. The second large exhibition, displayed on 10.000 m2, contains over 150 military vehicles and artillery, both from allied forces and German. In addition to these two main exhibitions there are several smaller presentations, of which the Battle at Overloon presentation is definitely worth a visit. A museum restaurant and a shop completes this museum, which can be found in the so called Liberty Park in Overloon.
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More than 3 hours
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imsell
High River, Canada106 contributions
Apr 2022
I am a Canadian and my Father served in the Canadian Army during the liberation of Holland. As such, I thought that it was most important to me to visit this area and Grosbeek cemetery where over 2300 Canadian war dead are buried. My girlfriend was born in Holland and her parents grew up under Nazi occupation. Given this, I was most disappointed that when I toured the area of the museum dealing with this that everything was written in only Dutch or German. We liberated you from the Germans, did we not??? Why no English? I can truthfully say that this is the only reason that prevented me from giving this attraction an excellent rating.

As for the rest, I was happy to see that I could read the descriptions. I was stunned by the variety of all the different war machines, especially the trucks. I had no idea of the specialization. I was also thrilled to see all the radio equipment as my Father served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and worked on maintaining and repairing this equipment. I only wish he could have seen it.

My final thought when leaving is what your sign says, "War belongs in a museum."
Written May 12, 2022
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GavinWongUK
Hilversum, The Netherlands316 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
3 hour return journey to get to this museum so hoping it was going to be worth it, and it was!
As per previous comments, English text is available as you walk around through your browser on your phone. Free WiFi enabled. It worked ok, and I only had to completely reload it a couple of times so it was reliable.
Interesting approach to the museum in that it tells the story of war through different peoples eyes in different situations through the Dutch lens.
Plenty of vehicles on show which is the main reason we went so it didn’t disappoint.
Routes complying with social distancing rules are clearly marked out and people seemed to pay attention to it.
If you’ve had your museum card extended, it may be best to take your letter with you that you received in the post. My other half didn’t and then had to pay the entrance fee.
Car Parking is free.
Written August 26, 2020
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HONEYHARTLEPOOL
hartlepool32 contributions
Feb 2020
Great museum. Much bigger & very interesting. No need for a tour you can just walk around yourself look & listen to everything, but you can't read anything. Found it bizzare it's the first museum that did not have English to read. Dutch is understandable, but only translated in German. Would have helped & much better to stay in longer to read a lot of stuff, even though we already spent 2.5hrs there. On the positive side, it was better than I thought & lots to see
Written February 24, 2020
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Thank you for your visit and also for review. We appreciatie your opinion and the four star rating. Also, we would like to respond to your remarks. The museum has two main exhibitions: one about the occupation, one about the liberation. The occupation exhibition has text panels in Dutch and German only, but is supported in English by a mobile website which you can access through our open wifi. Texts on this website can be read by yourself or you can listen to these because it functions as an audio guide as well. The liberation exhibition has panels in Dutch, English and German. All in all, we think there is room for further improvement. So, we will continue on this tri-lingual way as the main (military) hall is always 'work in progress' for us.
Written February 26, 2020
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YVR
Maple Ridge, Canada7 contributions
Oct 2021
The museum was above average, with a vast amount of vehicles, radios, tanks, planes on display. It is overpriced when you consider it's roughly the same cost as the Louvre. They should offer a discount to teenagers and students as well. Whatever you do, DO NOT use the online ticket portal. The website gave me four error messages before finally issuing me tickets. However, they charged my credit card all four times!!!
Written November 9, 2021
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Micy01
Oberrieden, Switzerland1,144 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Good overview on WW2 activities in the area of the Netherlands.

Visited with family including teenagers which were very impressed, as well as parents who experienced the war in that area.

Many memories came back, and many stories were told. Several collection items were recognised.

A visit can be highly recommended. Pitty that teenagers and seniors do not get discount.

Written January 11, 2020
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Hello, thank you for your visit and your kind words. About discount, you are right that there is no discount ticket for seniors. But for kids up to the age of 12 years we offer discount tickets, and for families we do have family tickets as well.
Written January 12, 2020
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Paytonious
Amsterdam, The Netherlands67 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a great museum. A very impressive static display of vehicles, Hernandez, mirrors, bombs. Lots of anti tank and aircraft weapons. Also included some history of the German occupation and its affects on the local Dutch families that were affected by it.
Written January 11, 2020
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Thank you very much. They learned us to always exceed customer expectations. I'm glad we managed to do so for you.
Written January 12, 2020
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Crunchy_Fr0g
Worthing, UK129 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Having visited this museum 35 years ago, i remember the emotional wrench at entering the chapel in remembrance of the millions of Jews exterminated by the Nazi's.

This has all now been sanitized - probably so as not to upset too many visitors.

Also the Americans have now arrived in force and would have you believe that they won the war. To my knowledge the Americans attacked southern Germany while the areas around Venray and Overloon were liberated by Canadian and British troops.

Funny how time changes history.
Written August 9, 2013
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917PaulB
Eindhoven, The Netherlands108 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
Great place to visit for young & old. We visited the museum a few times in the past. It's well worth the entrance price of 14 euro. Great displays, impressive collection of allied and german military vehicles & equipment. Many of the exhibited vehicles took part in the Battle of Overloon. It's very informative and well put together. I've visited quite a few war museums over the years & this is up there with the best.
Give yourself at least half a day to see it properly, you wont be disappointed.
Written June 12, 2013
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kegger55
Spokane, WA60 contributions
The National War and Rememberance Museum in Overloon, The Netherlands is an absolute must for those visiting eastern Holland. The museum is broken into 4 seperate sites, the George C. Marshall museum, the Arsenal, the Dutch Occupation and Liberation Museum, and Liberty Park.

Of all the museums we visited on our recent trip to the Netherlands, this was by far the best. Everything was multi-lingual (Dutch, English, French and German) and made for a full day. The Arsenal had a tremendous collection of WWII, Cold War and modern army vechicles, all completely restored and in pristine condition.

The Occupation and Liberation museum was incredible, providing a detailed history of the Dutch throughout the war years and a special focus on Dutch Jews.

Liberty Park was a great place to get a nice walk in with several tanks, artillery pieces and bridges scattered throughout. The cafeteria had a good selection of food to choose from, with other restaurants to select from in the village itself. Overloon was beautiful and picturesque and the surrounding countryside was absolutely gorgeous. I only wish I had more time to explore.

By far, this receives my highest recommendation and although it is a bit out of the way, it is worth the drive.

Written September 28, 2006
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Jules
27 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Amazing collection of War items. Weapons, vehicles, outfits but perhaps more special: Footage & personal items (nazi christmas ornaments?!?)

Spacious area full of WWII items, very interesting!
Written June 16, 2020
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Overloon War Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM