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“Great Military Museum”

Airborne Museum Hartenstein
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Military Museum”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We are very interested in history, and my husband particularly in WWII history. This was a "must do" for our trip to The Netherlands, and we both found it fascinating. There are the usual weapons and uniforms, informative maps, and some great walk-through displays that put you in the heart of the Battle of Arnhem. (Interesting mix of 3-d, lifesize figures and footage from the times -- very well done!) The setting is an old 19th Century villa that was used as a center of operations for the British Airborne Division during the war and the villa is surrounded by beautiful grounds.

Visited April 2013
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Ashford, Kent
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211 reviews
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“Good musuem, well balanced presentation”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very well presented and informative museum, with an excellent immersive experience in the basement. VFM is no better than average, but setting is very pleasant and a sensitive subject is handled with just the right tone, being impartial, and avoiding and suggestion of glorification, triumphalism or political posturing. If you're a fan of military history, or simply passing through and interested in history in general, it's definitely worht putting a couple of hours aside to visit the site.

Visited May 2013
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349 reviews
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“Worth a short visit”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We, that is myself and my two sons of 10 and 8 yo, went here last month. It is a beautifully located museum with a lot of photographs, memorabilia and a good athmosphere. Rest me to say that the whole visit took us no longer than maximum an hour. Even the experience rooms were for the boys in and out. It is really worth while but for a generation that grows up with a lot of experiences it is maybe a wee bit dullish.

Visited May 2013
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Swansea, UK
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

This place really gives you a great understanding of operation Market Garden and associated events. A combination of film, static exhibition and displays are presented in German, Dutch and English. The exhibition extends over several floors and we felt it was great value for money at around @8.50 euros with reductions for pensioners. Bus number 52 from Arnhem central station takes you right there in 10 minutes. Great snack in Zappa's in Arnhem, near the station.

Visited May 2013
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Cambridge UK
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9 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful museum with an amazing surprise in the basement.”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

The Airborne Museum vividly tells the grim but heroic story of the failed attempt to capture the bridgehead at nearby Arnhem. The collection is held in the former Hotel Hartenstein which in September 1944 became the the HQ of the besieged British and Polish paras surrounded by crack SS troops. The first room shows a multi-lingual film using archive shots of the dramatic events of the Battle of Arnhem. You follow a route through the museum that uses large photo images, audio testimony including fascinating accounts from veterans and locals caught up in the failed attempt to bring the war to a rapid end. The rooms are divided by themes; the civilian experience, the Polish parachute brigade, the Germans, the British paras etc. Though that makes a lot of sense it does mean that the chronology of the dramatic events in Oosterbeek gets a bit muddy and there is no printed museum guide to make things clearer.
The route then takes you to the basement of the museum and an experience that is utterly remarkable. Called 'the Airbourn Experience' it is a series of huge diorama displays using archive footage, vivid sound effects, and a heart-stopping recreation of the chaos of war. It is brilliantly done and on a huge scale that can barely be expected until you see it for yourself. It is not for the faint hearted but it brings home the terror of war in a way that I have seldom seen. Quite outstanding.

Visited May 2013
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