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Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein'

Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein', partner of Liberation Route Europe

www.airbornemuseum.nl

The Airborne Museum is the museum about the famous Battle of Arnhem. This battle took place in September 1944 in the area between Ede and Arnhem and was part of the allied Operation Market Garden. British, American and Polish airborne troops had to occupy the bridges over the rivers from the border with Belgium all the way to Arnhem. The Battle of Arnhem in 1944 is the most famous part of Operation Market Garden. The aim was to occupy the road bridge in Arnhem in order to then quickly advance to Berlin. But the battle ended in a dramatic defeat.

The museum is located in the former Hartenstein Hotel. During the Battle of Arnhem, the hotel was the headquarters of the 1st British Airborne Division under the command of Major-General Roy Urquhart. During WWII, the hotel was largely destroyed but was restored after the war. The Airborne Museum has been based here since 1978. 

In the museum, visitors will discover how fierce the fighting was in 1944. The museum displays a large collection of authentic weapons, documents, films and photos. Stories about the Battle of Arnhem are brought to life in this historic place by British, Polish and German soldiers as well as by civilians who were subjected to the ordeal. In the underground portion of the museum, the ‘Airborne Experience’ is located, where you can experience the battle as if you were actually in it.

Temporary exhibitions
The museum hosts regular, temporary exhibitions. ‘Going Home. Jozef and Emilia’ is currently on display until 31 December 2016. This is the second temporary novella exhibition at the ‘Hartenstein’ Airborne Museum. 

‘Going Home. Jozef and Emilia’ is the complete war story, 1939 to 1947, narrated by 93-year-old Jozef Wojciechowski. Jozef’s story makes the overall but often less widely known history of Poland during WWII both accessible and real. Unique items that belong to Jozef are on display, and he tells his remarkable journey through life that was characteristic of many Polish citizens during the war. 

On 2 September 2016, the temporary exhibition ‘EGO. The human perspective during the Battle of Arnhem’ will open at the museum. A unique exhibition, ‘EGO’ presents the personal perspectives of soldiers of different nationalities as well as those of members of the resistance and civilians, including men, women and children. Their incisive stories are key to the exhibition.

Tours of the museum and the surrounding area

The consequences and remnants of the war are still visible today in the surrounding area. This includes the Airborne Cemetery, which is the final resting place for over 1,750 allied soldiers who fell during the Battle of Arnhem. Visitors can tour the cemetery or take the perimeter walk with a professional guide. During the perimeter walk, visitors are told about the Battle of Arnhem, its tangible legacy and the human story behind it. Visitors can also tour the museum with a guide. More information about the tours can be found at www.airbornemuseum.nl

  • Travellers’ Choice 2015 and Certificate of Excellence 2016. In 2015, the Airborne Museum has been voted among the top ten museums in the Netherlands by TripAdvisor. This year, the museum received the Certificate of Excellence again, which means that the museum continuously receives excellent reviews from travellers from all over the world.
  • Hartenstein: the former British headquarters. The villa in which the museum is located has a rich history. In around 1865, the current villa was built. The Municipality of Renkum bought the property in 1942 and it was turned into a hotel. During the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944, Hartenstein Hotel was a key location as the headquarters of the British Airborne troops under the command of Major-General Roy E. Urquhart. The Airborne Museum was founded in 1949. At that time, it was situated in one of the outbuildings of Kasteel Doorwerth (Doorwerth Castle). In 1978, the Airborne Museum was relocated to the former British headquarters. On 11 May of that year, the museum was reopened by the former commander Major-General Roy E. Urquhart
  • Airborne Experience. The prize-winning Airborne Experience allows visitors to experience the events of the Battle of Arnhem in a very profound way. Following in the footsteps of a British paratrooper, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of fierce fighting on the streets of Arnhem, while wandering through an imposing war decor with metres-high authentic film footage.
Location Utrechtseweg 2326862 AZOosterbeek
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