In the year 1980, many Dutch men from various political streams, who fought against the German occupation of the country during the Second World War, worked together to arrange a historical exhibition called 1933-19nu displaying their fight. There were growing demands to have special attention to this period in the Dutch history, and so, Het Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam (The Resistance Museum Amsterdam) was established in the year 1984.
The permanent exhibits in the museum honestly recreate the looks of the Amsterdam streets during the Nazi occupation of the Second World War. Old posters, photographs, objects, sounds, and films from the horrible times of German occupation recreate the atmosphere. This is a great place to explore during your Amsterdam bike tour and can offer you a visualization of the Holocaust. The museum houses items that show the everyday life during the period of German invasion, together with exceptional historic events and the resistance of the Dutch population against the Nazis.
The building of the museum bears the name of Petrus Plancius, who was the Renaissance Amsterdam geographer and clergyman, and the Star of David. It was built in 1876 by Oefening Baart Kunst, which is a Jewish singing society, and served as a cultural synagogue and a Jewish cultural center. The society kept the Plancius name on the building to show their respect to the traditions of the city of Amsterdam. The building served many functions for a long time, and since its renovation in 1999, it became the permanent seat of the Verzetsmuseum.
The Feel of the Museum
The Verzetsmuseum attracts many people on a Amsterdam bike tour. It is a small museum, which displays the Nazi rule and the German occupation in the Netherlands during the World War II from 1940 to 1945. Verzetsmuseum is located across the street from the entrance to the Amsterdam Zoo (Artis), not much far away from the Rembrandt House and the Waterlooplein. If you are interested in history, and would like to know about the Second World War, the Dutch atmosphere during the chaotic invasion, and the persecution of the Jews by Nazis in this period, then you should certainly visit the place.