Visit Places in The Netherlands where you are very close to history,by Mouse


The Rijksmuseum has an extensive and interesting collection of art and historical artifacts that illustrate Dutch history.

The Resistance Museum concentrates on the Dutch Underground Movement during World War II. It is designed to show how people in Holland lived and fought under Nazi occupation.

Willet-Holthuysen Museum is a 17th century canal house left to the City of Amsterdam and still furnished as in the time of its last owner.

The Van Gogh Museum has a large collection of this Dutch artistís works.

AmsteIkring Museum in the Red Light District of Amsterdam is in a 17th century canal house especially redesigned at the time to house a clandestine church in the attic during one of the few times when people were not allowed to worship openly.

Rembrandt House is the actual home of the famous artist and includes a museum of his work.

The Jewish Historical Museum consists of four synagogues, the oldest dating back to 17th century and houses a rich collection. It shows the history, religion and culture of Jews in the Netherlands.


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Leiden: This city welcomed the English Dissenters when they were forced to leave England and before they became the Pilgrims of Massachusetts Colony. A museum of the American Pilgrim is here. Leiden also has an ancient university. The first tulips were imported to this city, starting the so-called "tulip craze".
Overloon: This place was the site of a huge battle in World War II. Instead of clearing the remnants of the battle, a museum, Liberty Park, was created using the disabled tanks and other equipment as an open-air base. There is also a building housing a dual language museum about World War II.
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Outside Amsterdam: 
Arnhem, known to Americans as the location of the "bridge too far" (there is a movie of the same name). In World War II, the Allies under British command failed to capture the bridge over the Rhine in an assault called "market garden". Arnhem now houses an extensive National Heritage Museum, an open-air facility where visitors can inspect original houses showing how the Dutch lived in centuries past.

Delft is where the artist Jan Vermeer lived. It is also where the national hero William of Orange, who led the fight for freedom from Spain, was assassinated. He is entombed in one of two very old cathedrals in the town. Delft is also where the famous blue and white pottery was developed and manufactured.

Enkhuizen: This fishing village was frozen in the early 1900's when the Dutch built a dam that cut off their access to the sea. The Zuiderzee Museum has an outside section with buildings from the 17th and 18th century, and an inside boat museum.
Haarlem: The Frans Hals Museum is housed in a complex of buildings originally built to house the aged in Halsí time. The museum has a lot of the artistsí work including paintings of the original governors of the housing complex.
St. Bavoís Church is an enormous ex-cathedral which includes a massive and beautiful organ which composers Haydn, Mozart and Mendlesohn played.  Frans Hals is entombed here.