Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam
4.5
11:00 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
Explore true stories and destinies of everyday people during World War II in the Netherlands. What did life look like? What choices did you have to make? Step back in time at the Resistance Museum.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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  • Korie P
    Belmont, California284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent portrayal of WW II experience
    This is an excellent museum that creates a thoughtful, interactive and detailed experience for anyone interested in WW II. The videos, actuals recordings, and personal stories along with the videos of the timelines made this a very moving and educational experience. I would highly recommend it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Jolie
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and emotional!
    What a beautiful and impressive museum. After reading the creche I wanted to see where the daycare and schouwburg of the story was. By coincidence I saw this museum I had to go inside. The staff were so friendly and helpful The setup of the museum is so smart. There are a lot of small corners ( for me it gives the feeling of how secret everything was during WW2 ) to explore, everything is very good explained, there are a lot of things to see, pictures movies, newspaper, but also personal stuff of the people of that time. It felt so personal, seeing and hearing about the holocaust victims and survivors, seeing yellow star , the whole experience made me very emotional. I for sure will come back. Close by the museum is the holocaust monument, combining these 2 together made of even more personal to me..
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Kimberly K
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommed
    The museum was excellent. I would highly recommend it. The had recordings to listen to. I found it easier to read most of the information rather than listen. I learned a great deal. All three people in my group thought this was one of the better museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Robert77096
    Missouri City, Texas307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go, but be prepared
    This museum has really interesting information. Just know that it's almost all about reading or listing via included audio tour to placards on the wall about individuals involved in the story, or watching videos. There's nothing wrong with this, but I somehow expected more. I expected to see more artifacts or other items to make this more of a museum instead of an informational site. I do recommend that people come here, just know what to expect.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Codiak!
    Abbotsford, Canada11,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See while in Amsterdam!
    The Resistance Museum in Amsterdam is an incredible journey into their occupation during WW2. The museum sets the stage by introducing the visitor to the various factions that were present at the onset of the Nazi invasion. It is set up chronologically and is high tech in its use of audio guides and film presentations. It most certainly is a tribute to the people of that era under impossible conditions. What it does best is to put you in a position of trying to figure out what choices YOU would have made by introducing many different real life individuals who who were faced with similar circumstances, yet made very different decisions. For example, if you were ordered to get on the train to go to forced labour camps in another country would you go hoping it won’t be as bad as you imagine, hide, or flee? Believe me the details of the stories are gut wrenching but interspersed are tales of incredible resilience and survival.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Live Love Review
    Oulu, Finland133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum, Modern POV, Amazing Kids’ Area
    TLDR: Go there. And even if you were all adults, visit the kids’ part, too. We were two middle-aged, one young adult, one 12 yo very interested in WW2 and one 10 yo not interested in history at all. To be fair, this review is made from the viewpoint of four of us who were interested. 10 yo mainly played on this phone, but there were enough benches for that. We are not native English speakers, but even the kids understand and read English. The museum is in Dutch and English. Kids part has only Dutch texts (only titles in English), but audio tour tells them in English. Audio tour is free and you want to take one. I read most texts, but listened some extras. Most of us had more than little knowledge of World War II. I was positively surprised by this museum’s modern approach. Compared to 90’s and 00’s, nowadays it’s shown that even though we all know in which side everyone should have actively taken, it haven’t been easy. The Resistance museum shows that via real lifestories and reasoning behind the decisions (and drifting in many cases), told by real people. Special thanks for kids’ area. It was amazing, I strongly recommend that to adults, too. They have different kids explaining who their lives were affected (sorry, spoiler: they all made it, which is maybe a good idea for kids’ museum). You can walk through the war with those kids in their homes. We had 1,5 hours and it was too little, had to skip last rooms as the museum was closing. I guess it tells something that our 12 yo wanted to send postcards for his friends. All in all, excellent museum with modern approach.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Nat
    Mexico City, Mexico841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect museum
    Literally a perfect museum: dynamic, rich in scenery, very complete and professional, multimediatic, personal and down to earth, diverse, with kind and welcoming staff, affordable student prices. Just perfect. I enjoyed this visit even more than the Anne Frank House. Loved learning about the Dutch Resistance and their incredible stories.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • ericgoldman
    Mountain View, California224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enlightening
    The Dutch responses to Nazi occupation were “complicated.” This museum explains in detail why and how it was complicated. It provided a big-picture review of the situation (the red buttons and the videos) along with dozens of individual stories representing many subcommunities of the Dutch population (often with detailed census counts), including those whose stories are often overlooked. You could do the big-picture highlights in an hour, but I spent over 2 hours diving deeper into the individual stories. The museum answered many of my questions, but I had some remaining. Why did the Dutch protest the Nazi’s initial attacks on the Jews, only to largely acquiesce; but when the Nazis later requisitioned all young Dutch males, the population fought back much harder? Why were the Nazis unable to control the input materials needed for the resistance, such as cameras, film, and paper? Why did the Dutch people and government do so little to help the Holocaust survivors who returned home? Overall, this wasn’t necessarily a fun museum to visit, but it accomplished its goals of telling many sides of a complicated story.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Chris B
    Swansea, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A local view of WWII
    A well presented view of The Netherlands experience up to and during the occupation in WWII From our welcome at reception until our departure we were well informed and connected. There was much we didn’t know about Holland’s attitude to Nazism and we were disturbed to realise the same themes are occurring now. An absolute must when in Amsterdam including the kids section
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Disappointed351
    Pretoria, South Africa4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic informative museum!
    We visited both Anne Frank and Verzetsmuseum on the same day. Verzetsmuseum gives the whole background of WWII in The Netherlands. It also tells the personal stories of so many people. It is truly an amazing museum to visit and personally I think extremely underrated. I would strongly recommend visiting this museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
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Muffin Man
Edinburgh, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Booked a visit for the last day of our trip to Amsterdam thinking it would maybe take us an hour or so but spent nearly 2.5 hours going around taking in all the stories and content.

We found it completely fascinating with a huge amount of detail. WWII is a subject I am pretty interested in but didn't know a lot about the Dutch involvement in beforehand, so it was pretty informative for us both. Included in the very reasonable entry price was a free audio guide which you scan as you go round, learning of the different stories and people.

If you are looking for a museum to visit in Amsterdam and the war is of interest to you then I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Written February 6, 2024
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This museum is incredibly comprehensive in its coverage of the role of the Dutch resistance in WWII. It follows a chronological timeline, with interactive elements and interesting sidebars, such as an entire exhibit containing the tools of the spy trade. There were stories of real people along the way, and you could take a card of one of the people before you began the main exhibit. There is a free audio guide which I would recommend.
Written June 11, 2020
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sarahloupe
St. Albans, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
I visited your Resistance Museum Junior today with my two 12 year old boys. We’ve been to many museums aimed at children and young people in many countries but rarely have we visited one that has been so creatively presented, so interactive and has captured their attention from beginning to end. Discovering at the end that the 4 children we’d been finding out about are real people and hearing them talk about their memories and hopes for the future was really moving. I highly recommend this museum to any families with young people - it’s aimed at children aged 9+ and I think it’s one of the best children’s museums we’ve been to. The boys loved it and so did I.
Written April 6, 2022
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BigTool
Chicago vicinity462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We spent nearly three hours here and I had to call it quits after my brain filled up. The museum has a lot of informative exhibits with details that I didn't know about the Netherlands during WWII-- and I'm an avid reader about WWII history. I started the museum tour without the audio guide but quickly got one and started over.
Written June 27, 2020
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Alexander H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Our family (children aged 12, 10 and 8) from London visited the Verzetsmuseum Junior today and were seriously impressed. What an effective and engaging means of communicating the reality of occupation and war to children (and adults). As another reviewer has said, this is about life under occupation and the hard choices families had to navigate and live with. A wealth of information about real individuals with vastly different experiences of the occupation enjoyed through an interactive experience. And to then 'meet' on screen the 4 main characters in their old age with the benefit of their life perspective was a real bonus. If only all museums could communicate so much information so effectively and creatively - it provides a great model and is one of the best museums we have visited for children. We were unfortunately unable to obtain tickets for the Anne Frank Haus (it seems all tickets for the Anne Frank Haus are on sale 2 months in advance and sell quickly) but we feel that this experience almost made up for that - one of the 4 main characters was in hiding and knew, and had links with, the Frank family. A huge congratulations and thank you.
Written April 9, 2022
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Clarisse
Paris, France8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The museum focusses on the different reactions of the Dutch population during the Second World War. There is also a room on the War in Indonesia, which was a Dutch Colony at the time. This part is really interesting because it is not really thought in school nor present in the media. If you want to hear all the audios from the audioguide and read all the document it will take 3 hours !
Written September 3, 2020
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marcopolo1964
paris283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The main problem with this museum is that it was so interesting that we stayed much longer than we planned and we never made it other museums we'd hoped to see! It's truly fascinating, and very well displayed. It's much more than just about the resistance, it's really about what life is like under under occupation. It doesn't judge, it doesn't glorify, it just tries to explain what ordinary people lived through and the horrid choices they had to navigate. If I had one little quibble it would be that maybe they could have been more explicit about the level of collaboration. It's certainly mentioned, but often more in passing. Again, that's just a quibble and I understand that these sort of museums are dealing with sensitive issues and getting the right balance is difficult. You certainly don't want to miss the Anne Frank house, but this museum provides a wider perspective.
Written February 28, 2022
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Christine4186
Cardiff, UK142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Visited this museum on our recent Easter break in Amsterdam. It is well worth a visit and is located in the Plantage, a lovely leafy area of Amsterdam with cafes and parks. They request you utilise the lockers for bags and coats. They also supplied an audio guide included in the ticket price. The exhibits, photographs and information provide an insight into life in Amsterdam and outlying areas just prior to the Second World War. It takes you through the war years, what followed during the occupation and the roles of brave citizens who risked everything to help others.
An important message that needs to be preserved and told. I do agree that although the path in the beginning was clear it became a little confusing and my audio went off before the end.
There is a lovely cafe next door with seating outside.
Written April 26, 2022
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Grant Gullicksen
San Francisco, CA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
It's been a few years since I have been here but I know their Hours is between 11 am to 5 pm . This is a real story of the resistance of the Dutch people against the Natzis during WW 2 . It tells pretty much a complete story how the Dutch people managed to smuggle weapons and Fake Documents by the Germans . It was done very well . On the walls it tells stories about different people who worked the underground and some of the Nasty Natzi people's too . There are a lot of different stories up on the Walls here . And it's all Very Real too . It also shows how the Dutch people got their News through a match box little radio . And there is a Video on the Wall about how the People of Holland had to Eat Tulip bulbs in order to live through the winter of 1944- 45 . Good place to Visit .
Written January 24, 2020
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NLxpat
Katwijk, The Netherlands165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Museum gives an in-depth insight into life in The Netherlands during occupation in WWII and how it’s citizens reacted. The tour follows timeline from occupation till liberation with emphasis to the resistance against occupation and deportations. As family members dont know about Dutch history , this visit was well worth. Also the info and personal stories were appreciated ; also good to have audio tour . Even myself learned a new detail.
Written September 27, 2020
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