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“A highlight of our trip - recommend.”

The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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“A highlight of our trip - recommend.”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

This really is an excellent museum. Considering the relatively small area it occupies, they have managed to squeeze so much into this place but there isn't a sense of things being crammed in. The exhibits are well presented in Dutch and English and touch on some quite powerful subjects around the occupation of the Netherlands and the Dutch colonies during WW2. There are lots of physical artefacts to support the written exhibits; for example, a crystal radio design that was developed by a young resistance member and a baby pram with a handgun hidden in the cot. These add depth to the accounts of the other exhibits and make for a well rounded, well informed, and at times quite saddening experience.

You can pay extra for an audio guide, but if you're travelling on a budget it is still a great experience without one - we didn't bother and still took a lot away from it.

This museum really made us think about an area of the Second World War which is rarely taught in history in British schools, and gave us a huge respect for the people of the Netherlands and a real appreciation of the freedoms of modern life that we enjoy daily.

Thought provoking, powerful, and well presented. You can get in here for free with an i-amsterdam card but if you don't have one it's still worth paying the admission fee (which at €8 for an adult is pretty good value given the prices of other places) to get into one of the best museums I've ever visited. A must see for a trip to Amsterdam.

Visited November 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Very good but ......”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

This museum is well worth a visit. See several reviews. Sad, poignant but not horror! You come away shaking your head at how futile war is.... I admire the Dutch people for the stance they took. Unfortunately they were 'duped' by propaganda and victims of their own naivety. All very pertinent to this exhibition. It was encouraging to see how good can overcome evil. My gripe with the museum was the background noise. I could barely hear the audio with the sound effects from other parts - I pointed this out to one of the staff @ reception. She advised it's part of the exhibition - but for me it was far too loud! It took away from what could otherwise have been a totally absorbing experience. TIP: Avoid when school tours are in progress. (For obvious reasons - 30 / 40 kids scurrying about). Have a coffee or two & let them go ahead. But don't let it put you off. Amsterdam has so many places to visit / this one will have a lasting impression.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2014

I enjoyed the layout and the presentation. Plenty of room to wander. The only downer was that the staff had to provide a large number of audio units to visiting children so the adults who paid full price miss out. Doesn't seem right

Visited April 2014
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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“Excellent museum”
Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed a couple of hours at the Resistance Museum, which was very informative and interesting.

The staff at reception were really great and friendly - and we made use of the excellent audio guide.

Only my youngest daughter made it to the Children's exhibition which has just won a national award, but she said that it was a fantastic addition to the whole museum - even featuring a replica of Anne Frank's house.

With so much else to do in Amsterdam, we were delighted to have spent the time at this museum.
Excellent !!!

Visited April 2014
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

This museum is very interesting as it covers the Dutch resistance to nazi Germany during 1940-1945. The museum has a free audio tour & while small in size has loads of information. We went to the maritime museum & then walked over to the verzetsmuseum - a short walk. We used our museumkaart to get in. Entrance is located opposite artis zoo.

Visited April 2014
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