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“impressive collection”

Overloon War Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Overloon
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Netherlands
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“impressive collection”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

good educational visit for our kids which liked the vast collection of war vehicles most. vehicles from various woii an dpost wo ii era s

Visited May 2012
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Winnipeg
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“War Museum (Oorlogsmuseum)”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

A group of 37 of us did a Canadian Battlefield Tour in July 2012.

I am very interested in military vehicles and artillary.

I was delighted in this museum. The staff was very friendly and would stop what they were doing to chat with you.

They dioramas are very well done along with sound effects.

We were there for 2 hours and I felt it was not near enough time.

Visited July 2012
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Willemstad, Curacao
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“contrasts”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

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..

Visited July 2012
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Leeds UK
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“Makes you think”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

As a Brit who's parents fought in WW2 you get a feeling for what went on, but this story was different, with sad tales of Dutch occupation, Jewish stories, German stories, then the final conflicts involving all the allied nations. Too much to take in on one visit. Good cafe. British (& one Dutchman) military cemetery less than a mile away, brings you down to earth after the big war machines. They take tanks etc out for a run in the grounds: impressive.

Visited June 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Wow”
Reviewed April 28, 2012 via mobile

Unassuming, but holy metal mayhem, Batman... You walk around a corner in the Marshall museum and you are in a giant hangar full of tanks and trucks and planes and cannons and on and on. Even if you don't really find that stuff interesting there's enough variety for anyone. I actually found all the logistics stuff fascinating. Worth the stop. Well hidden away so use a GPS...

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