The Overloon museum actually consists of two collections. The first is the original collections of the National war and Freedom Museum and the second is a large collection of military vehicles and gear.
The first collection is displayed is a rather large building, with consists of a brief history of the early 1930’s, the nazi invasion of the Netherlands on 10th May 1940, the resistance and the horrors of the occupation and holocaust. The collection consists of documents, pictures, film clips and oral histories. The title of the museum is “War belongs in a museum”. After visiting this part of the museum, you know why.
The second department is a wide collection of vehicles en military gear, some of which are rather unique. It is the largest collections I have seen in my live at a single spot and (almost) everything is displayed in a nice way.
After visiting both museums in a day, I walk out a little bit disturbed. All the mighty machines, artillery pieces, tanks… On the other hand the holocaust, the torture, pictures of dead persons after a bombardment…..
Maybe would have been better to visit both museums on different days..
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