Beleef de vrijheid!
Erlebe die Freiheit!
   Experience freedom!

Key information

Mission statement

The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 is an historical & educational museum covering the (inter)national events surrounding the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe in 1944 and 1945, as well as the events leading up to the liberation and their consequences from a global perspective. The museum also shows the economic, political and cultural development of reconstruction and international co-operation in Europe since 1945. The liberation history is commemorated and put into perspective with current issues of democracy, freedom and human rights in the world.

From an historical perspective the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 is situated on a unique location: During Operation Market Garden in September 1944, one of the largest air landing operations in history took place here. A few months later in February 1945, the immense Rhineland Offensive started from the meanwhile liberated region (Operation Veritable), after which the allies occupied large parts of Germany and liberated the Netherlands, thus laying the foundation for the liberation of the whole of Western Europe.

Tasks and goals

The National Liberation Museum shows the history of the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe over the period from 1944 to 1945, all set in a global and regional context. The periods 1918-1944 and 1945-1955 are also discussed .
Based on the above, the museum’s main tasks are:

  • gathering, archiving and professionally conserving items in the broadest sense that fall under the museum’s remit, such as objects, photos, eye-witness reports, maps etc.;
  • exhibiting the collection or otherwise giving access to the collection for all target groups;
  • research into this collection;
  • realising the museum’s goals by means of the collection.

Collection

The core collection of the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 consists of items that are all directly associated with the history of the liberation (the period 1944-1945). This includes civilian and military objects on three levels: regional, national, international. Precisely because of the broad geographical reach of the museum’s collection and the main theme of the museum, liberation (with civilians and soldiers at centre stage instead of only war tactics), there is no question of competition with other (similar) museums in the region or elsewhere in the Netherlands. 
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NEWS

  • ‘Peace and Freedom’ liberation concert

    The Vivace Millingen choir, the Fanfare St. Cecilia saxophone ensemble and the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 will hold a Liberation Concert in the Protestant Church in Groesbeek on Saturday 29 April 2017 at 7:30 pm.
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  • Group Day Packages 2017

    The National Liberation Museum has a number of special group day packages in 2017.
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  • Battlefield tours 2017

    The National Liberation Museum offers various battlefield tours in 2017: bus tours, bicycle tours and battlefield tours in historical army vehicles.
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  • Celebrate our Liberation at the Liberation Museum!

    The Liberation Museum’s 30-year anniversary and continuous festivities
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  • Rosie the Riveter

    A homage to the women who worked for freedom
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Please support us in keeping the liberation message alive.

The Liberation Museum receives almost no grants and is kept operational by a few paid staff members and more than 100 volunteers. All financial support is very welcome!

Please send your donations to:
IBAN: NL14RABO0117428876
BIC/SWIFT: RABONL2U
Made payable to: The Liberation Museum, Groesbeek, The Netherlands

Thank you for your donation!