Good WW2 and/or aviation museums in The Netherlands?
July 6 2012 at 6:17 AM
(Login jfarre) HyperScale Forums from IP address 184.108.40.206
I'm planning to visit Amsterdam in August and I'd like to know if there are good ww2 or aviation related museums or monuments in the area of Amsterdam itself and also Arnhem/Nijmegen, where the famous battle was fought.
Also, advice on good hobby shops with lots of aftermarket stuff or out of production kits would be a welcome addition to my request.
I'll be travelling by car so I won't be limited by public transport timetables and operating areas.
As usual, many thanks in advance for your kind help!
- Aviodrome, Lelystad, definetively to be seen (see www.aviodrome.nl). Very nice collection of airplanes. It is located next to the local Lelystad airport, 1 hrs from Amsterdam, that is very nicely kept in a retro style (ca 1935 look). There you can book a flight on an historical plane or just a Cessna 172 and have a nice 30 min flight.
- Luchtvaart Hobby Shop not far from Amsterdam Schiphol airport (see www.aviationmegastore.com). You can spend easily hours in this huge shop with countless model kits, aftermarket items, books, flight simulators, etc. Go to their site and with the advanced search tool look in advance to the items you are interested to.
Thanks to Harald, I got a few hours in there last year. By far the BEST hobby shop I have EVER visited, and well and truly worth the visit. Thanks to Harald again for the hospitality, and mate, haven't forgot you, will be in contact again soon.
The Military Aviation Museum:
The Military Aviation Museum is located in Soesterberg. It has an extensive collection of Dutch military airplanes exhibited in two separate halls. In the Snijdershal you will find the Dutch military aviation history from 1913 till 1945 displayed. The Vreeburghal shows airplanes from 1945 till today. The third hall houses our Flying Centre which is a hands-on centre. In this centre children can learn all about flying by testing themselves, flying aircraft-simulators, touching, etc.
John Fawcett (Login johnfawcett) HyperScale Forums 220.127.116.11
Re: Good WW2 and/or aviation museums in The Netherlands?
July 6 2012, 7:10 AM
Don't know about Amsterdam (although I have visited it several times), however if you can, Arnhem is well worth a visit, not for the museums but for the 'feel' of the place. THE place to visit is the village of Oosterbeek just outside of Arnhem. The old HQ (Hartenstein)building is now the airborne museum and is well worth a visit. If you are into that sort of thing there are numerous war cemetaries in the areas too
NOT an aviation museum, but a unique and eye-opening museum
July 6 2012, 8:21 AM
I would heartily recommend the Versetz Museum, which chronicles the occupation of the Netherlands, and the many aspects involved. This may sound simple, and only needing a stroll-through, but I would suggest you plan for more time than you might ordinarily consider, for I stayed 'til closing and still didn't see "everything."
How does a country deal with occupation over the course of years? The Dutch weren't only in the Netherlands, but in Asia as well, dealing with the 'other' Axis power, the Japanese.
Multi-lingual presentations make this accessible to the non-Dutch reader and listener.
A unique museum experience; I do not think you'll regret the time spent.
Enjoy your visit (and try the raw herring, and ristafel, too), GRM
Apart from a smallish museum documenting the local battle, it has a very large collection of tanks and military vehicles. I was especially impressed by the huge BARC or LARC-LX amphibious cargo vehicle.
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