Overloon War Museum

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Overloon War Museum was opened for the public a year after the Netherlands was liberated, in May 1946. This makes it the oldest museum about the Second World War in Western Europe. It is also the largest war museum in the Netherlands. Temporary and permanent exhibitions, such as “1000 bombs and grenades” and “The run-up to D-day”, are there to make clear that war really only belongs in one place: a museum.

Surprisingly large
Located next to holiday park Landal De Vers in the east of Brabant, th…

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Overloon War Museum was opened for the public a year after the Netherlands was liberated, in May 1946. This makes it the oldest museum about the Second World War in Western Europe. It is also the largest war museum in the Netherlands. Temporary and permanent exhibitions, such as “1000 bombs and grenades” and “The run-up to D-day”, are there to make clear that war really only belongs in one place: a museum.

Surprisingly large
Located next to holiday park Landal De Vers in the east of Brabant, the museum is aimed mostly at families with children. There are also special packages for school trips, there’s great cycling in the wooded surroundings and the war museum can easily be combined with a visit to Zoo Parc Overloon for those looking to spend an entire weekend away. But do keep the size of the museum park in mind, as a visitor remarked: “We hadn’t expected the museum to be so big. Next time we’ll plan to stay a whole day.”

“What a great location, such a beautiful, wooded area!”
The museum park is located in a beautiful forest with many footpaths, fully accessible for people in a wheelchair. The museum cafe has a wide range of choices and a lovely sunny garden. You can buy souvenirs in the museum shop, although many visitors will view their memories of the many vehicles, tanks and cannons as their favourite souvenir to take home. “Such a huge military collection,” one of our enthusiastic guests said. A large part of the collection was actually used during the Battle of Overloon in September 1944.
Also well worth a visit: each year, during the third weekend in May, the museum organises Militracks, the largest event in the world about German WWII vehicle technology.

Accessibility
Overloon War Museum is exciting, picturesque, fun and educational. The exhibitions and presentations are in Dutch, English and German. Overloon is easily accessible via exit 7 on the A73 between Nijmegen and Venlo. On weekdays you can take bus 92 from the train station in Boxmeer to visit the museum.

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Opening hours

  • every Mondayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Tuesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Wednesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Fridayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Sundayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • Adapted opening dates: https://www.oorlogsmuseum.nl/en/visit-info-groups/before-the-visit/opening-dates-and-times/

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  • ChildrenYes