Plantage Kerklaan 61

1018 CX
Phone: +31 (0) 20 620 25 35
Fax: +31 (0) 20-620 29 60
Website: http://www.dutchresistanc

Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum has been created in 1984. Since 1999 the museum has been established in the Plancius building, right across from the famous Artis Zoo.

The Museum was chosen as the best historical museum of the Netherlands and it tells the story of the Dutch people in Word War II. From 14 May 1940 to 5 May 1945, the Netherlands were occupied by Nazi Germany. The choices and dilemmas facing the population became more and more far-reaching. How did Dutch people respond to the increasing oppression of the occupying power? Who resisted? Why, and how? The recreated streets and wall-size photos that make up the décor help evoke the climate of the war years. You’ll see, hear en read fascinating stories about the exceptional, as well as about everyday life.

Permanent Collection

It is the museum’s task to stimulate the visitors curiosity to learn about the most momentous period in the Dutch twentieth-century history. The form and content of the permanent exhibition is now geared to include visitors who might not have much prior knowledge of the subject (but who are used to collecting information quickly from IT skills). The permanent exhibition takes visitors back to the thirties and forties by using street scenes and house interiors.

Chronological tour

The Netherlands in the 1930

May 1940 – Feb 1941
Germany conquers Europe – the German invade - Living continues - Governing board - Oranje as symbol of resistance - The Dutch Union - THE NSB - Censure/the first illegal newspapers - First anti-jewish measures - The February strike

March 1941 – April 1943
The German front stagnates - identity card for the incoming traveler - Shortage & distribution - Propaganda - Persecution of the Jews - Education - Churches - Culture and distraction

April 1943 – June 1944
The war luck turns - April/May strikes - confiscation of radios – forced labour in Germany - economy - students - escape routes/espionage - underground activities - counterfeiting work - armed resistance - captivity - illegal press -

June 1944 – May 1945
The Germans are pushed back - furious Tuesday - liberation of the South Netherlands - The railway strike - hunger winter - Resistance to the last stage - illegal connections - financing resistance - internal armed forces - terror and reprisals - food aid -

May 1945 – 1950
Liberation - arrest of NSB - Dutch India - Purification/prosecution - Return & adaptation - Rebuilding+ [ Read all ]


The discovery. From Comics to Reality
(6 March 2007 - extended till 27 January 2008)

Liberation music
(3 May till 18 November 2007)

Celebrate! How eleven countries commemorate their liberation and independence and celebrate.

Celebrate! a festive exhibition to party and commemorate.
The exhibition was to be seen between dec 2003 till June 2004 in the resistance museum.
The exhibition is now to hire in a traveling version by means of the National Office for Suppression of Race Discrimination (LBR).
The poster version (an etui with 12 posters in A1-format) can be ordered for free against shipping cost at the LBR. (

Previous Exhibitions

Eva's tale. Paintings of Erich and Heinz Geiringer done in hiding
15 December 2006 till 22 April 2007

Who can I still trust?
Homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the occupied Netherlands
22 September 2006 till 28 January 2007

Rembrandt in propaganda 1940-1945
30 June 2006 till 3 December 2006

BYE DAD, SEE YOU TOMORROW Jewish children rescued from deportation

World War II in the West Suriname, The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba 1940-1945


Adults: Euro 5,50
Children 0-6: Free
Children 7-15: Euro 3,00
Amsterdam Pass: Free entrance

Groups (min. 10 persons)
Adults: Euro 4,00
Children (7 -15) and accompanying adults: Euro 2,00

You are a friend from € 15,- per year. With that contribution you support the resistance museum

Opening hours

Every day throughout the year, except 1st January, April 30th and December 25th.

Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday Sunday Monday 12.00 - 17.00
Public Holidays 12.00 - 17.00

Getting there

Click here for a map

The Plancius building is situated in the Plantage district, a developing ‘museum district’ near the Jewish Historical Museum, the Trade Union Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Tropenmuseum.

Public transport

From Amsterdam Central Station take tram 9. Other tram: 14. Stop ‘Plantage Kerklaan’, stop ‘Plantage Middenlaan/Kerklaan’ or stop ‘Artis Zoo’.


Suitable for wheelchairs. 2 Wheelchairs are available.

Plancius is the café-restaurant next door to the Resistance Museum. Plancius opens at 10 in the morning. During the day, Plancius serves sandwiches, pasta, salads and, of course, delicious cakes. In the evening, the kitchen is open for dinner.
Should you want to have lunch or dinner with a group, it would be wise to make a reservation in advance (020-3309469).

Museum shop
In the museum shop you will find a carefully selected range of books, postcards, CDs and CD-ROMs and souvenirs. By making a purchase in the shop, you support the Resistance Museum.

The museum shop sells various English-language publications, including:

The museumcatalogus / CatalogueHet Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam / The Dutch Resistance MuseumVerzetsmuseum Amsterdam, 2000, full-colour, 135 pages, Ned/Eng, € 11.50

Museum internal and external photos (2)

Click on the images to enlarge

News and events

Numerous events (in dutch)


adults, as from 10 persons € 4.00 p/p.
Children, as from 10 persons (no schools, age up to 15) € 2.00 p/p.

Guided tours
Duration 1 hour approx.
German/English on demand
Cost € 35, -

For schools there are separate tariffs and are there special possibilities for guided tours.

Historic neighourhood tour & museum:
2 hours duration in Dutch, English, German.
Costs Euro 9,00 per person including admission.
Minimum group cost Euro 90,00.
Max. 15 persons per group, several groups can be accomodated at the same time (i e multiples of 15)

Your own personal guided tour

From mid-2007 visitors can take a PDA-tour in the Resistance Museum.

Mobile multimedia guides
PDAs are small handheld computers which can be rented together with headphones at the entrance to the museum. These Mobile Information Guides are personal and easy to use mobile multimedia guides, which use images, audio, text and video.

They provide information about the Dutch Resistance Museum’s permanent collection.

Plaques with a logo
Walking through the exhibition you’ll find small plaques with a logo. For information, you simply aim the handheld computer at the logo. After a beep the image of this part of the exhibit is shown on the screen of the PDA, together with a short audio fragment.

Hotspots with futher information
On the screen of the PDA you will also see so-called hotspots. By pressing on such a hotspot, you will receive further information about the subject.

Two hours
A PDA-tour costs EUR 2.50 (in addition to your entry ticket at EUR 5.50 for adults). You will be asked to submit your ID as a deposit.
Maximum duration of the tour: two h...+ [ Read all ]


Activities for Children (in dutch)


The key factors in the foundation of the museum were the people from the former resistance movement. They set up the foundation and initially formed the heart of the executive and the museum’s supporters.

These days, the museum receives a modest annual sum in subsidy from the Amsterdam city council. However, the museum continues to rely on donations to create exhibitions and for its educational activities. Many funds, companies and private individuals support the Resistance Museum.

Becoming a donor
The Verzetsmuseum needs your support, too. We currently have the support of more than 1,800 private donors, who help us realise the museum’s objectives:
- preserving authentic materials relating to the occupation and resistance movement in the Netherlands during World War II;
- keeping alive the memory of the events during World War II in the Netherlands among younger generations, by organising exhibitions and educational activities;
- pointing out the danger of violations of democratic values in the past and the present.

Private individuals from abroad can also become donors of the Verzetsmuseum. As a donor, you support the museum with an annual sum of 100 EUR or more. In most countries, the donated sums are tax-exempt.

Our donors abroad receive regular updates by e-mail about the museum’s main activities.

How can you become a donor?

Step 1. Contact the museum by e-mail via
Please state:
- your name, postal address, e-mail, the sum you wish to donate annually
If you do not have access to e-mail, you can also become a donor sending a letter to:
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam
Attn. Mrs. M. Marreveld
Plantage Kerklaan 61...+ [ Read all ]