National Military Museum

National Military Museum, Soest

National Military Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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In the NMM at the former Soesterberg air base, the past, present and future of the Dutch armed forces come together. See our impressive collection at first hand and experience for yourself the exciting stories of our armed forces at the biggest museum about the Dutch military! The NMM has the most extraordinary collection of tanks, aircraft, armoured vehicles and helicopters in the Netherlands! Each one of them is unique and has its own story. Personal objects and moving stories also come to life at the NMM. You will be amazed how the Dutch armed forces are interwoven with the world around you!
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RDWilde
Turnhout, Belgium208 contributions
Jul 2020
During COVID-19 times we arranged a trip to this museum. Until half July you had to purchase the tickets on-line and enter the museum in a given time slot. No problem as there is plenty to see outside the museum, for example the Belvédère, one of the oldest airport buildings of the world. The museum is modern and very interesting because it mixes history with personal stories, artefacts with games, static models with impressive 3D movies. The museum does not shy away from negatives in the past (e.g. the actions in Indonesia after WWII), and tries to put the military in a wider social context. We spend 3 hours, could have done 5-6 also. We will come back
Written July 2, 2020
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Mark M
Epsom, UK32 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a beautiful and very informative museum. There are plenty of rooms to explore and learn about the history of the Dutch defence force. There are also some areas with a more interactive display, as well as a room featuring personal stories. An impressive collection of old airplanes, cars, trucks, etc. is surely one of the main reasons to visit.
The outside area of the museum features a few play areas for kids - although these would be best enjoyed during the warm summer (not on a chilly, rainy day like when we visited).
Written August 3, 2020
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Coldvine
Bowral, Australia145 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Well worth a visit to see the history of the Dutch defense forces. The exhibits are honest and not confronting. As my father had served in the Royal Dutch Marines after the war it was for me an insight into events that he did not speak much about.
Written July 12, 2020
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pacbaronet
Hilversum, The Netherlands127 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
One of the best museums we’ve ever seen.
I’d say it’s perfect, complete and the best it’s kind.
Couldn’t find an aspect that I would suggest to improve.
Facilities, staff, utilities, artifacts… everything was perfect!
100% recommended!
Written October 31, 2021
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Kaboskabouter
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands142 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
The brand new National Military Museum at the former airbase of Soesterberg (near Utrecht) is a must for everyone interested in military matters. It is a novel concept of combining Army and Air Force exhibits in one, large and spacious, museum. The building and the way aircraft are displayed has been influenced by the RAF Cold War museum at RAF Cosford in the UK. It is of course smaller but so are the exhibits on show. Armoured cars, tanks, military vehicles, naval aviation, air force jets, it's all there! Many displays of firearms of the Dutch history, horse drawn atillery. Hands-on interactive displays for children. Fully accesible for wheelchairs.
It takes probably more than a single day to see everything and view all the presentations of Dutch Armed Forces serving abroad in conflict areas.

Weary of walking around? Have a nice meal in the restaurant that serves meals that will look familiar to those having served in the Forces (but probably taste better!)

A family visit to the birthplace of military aviation will not disappoint anybody between the ages of 5 to 95.
Written February 12, 2015
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Emma E
Utrecht, The Netherlands463 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
I have been to Park Soesterberg many times, i've also been to excellent events at the museum and park. This was my first visit inside. It was pure propaganda and rather grotesque. Children were encouraged to 'kill' people (hitting mannequins wearing different armor with swords and seeing how much damage they did). There was virtually no nuance or contextualization. For example, the museum proudly displayed a V2 rocket but only mentioned technical specs not how many people the rockets are thought to have killed, injured, made homeless, and/ or caused long-term psychological damage to. The museum barely touches upon the Dutch military as aggressors and colonialists, nor the impact of war on soldiers.

This is very much a museum about the technical equipment of war taken in near complete isolation of the impact of it. Shocking.
Written August 9, 2020
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GJK1962-6
Haarlem, The Netherlands115 contributions
May 2019
This new museum has had some interesting special exhibitions, but also the standard exhibits and the location are worth a visit. If the weather is nice you could go for a nice walk in the area to complete your visit.
Written January 3, 2020
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Novamom2001
Sierra Vista, AZ287 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
My teenage sons are really interested in military and history, so we decided to visit the museum on a day trip from Amsterdam. It was amazing, we could have spent the entire day there. It is large, with lots of items displayed inside and outside.
I would highly recommend it to others.
Written April 15, 2019
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navigator009
Amsterdam, The Netherlands371 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Very good place for visiting with children.
Many weapons and ammunition are exhibited here.
You can see how military was developing in historical periods of The Netherlands.
Many tanks, planes and canons are located inside of the pavilions but outside are some of them which can be visited and viewed as well.
Kids can play there with simulators.
It takes full day long before you convince your child to leave the place.
Written September 12, 2018
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saminnederland
The Netherlands138 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is one of the most amazing museums I've ever visited. It is located in an old military airfield. A lot of exhibition rooms showing colonial history of the Netherlands, history of Dutch army, navy, air force and the mareschaussee, arms, swords, etc.. and of course a large collection of aircraft, tanks, missiles... We definitely spent more than 4 hours to see 2/3 of the exhibitions.
Written June 24, 2018
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