Would you like to learn more about the Battle of Arnhem, which had such a profound effect on World War II? Then you can’t afford to pass up the opportunity to visit the Airborne museum. In this gorgeous villa, you’ll experience the battle in a highly lifelike way.
- Visit Villa Hartenstein and ‘experience’ the horrors of the Battle of Arnhem.
- Learn about the significance of the Battle of Arnhem through documents, photographs and videos.
- See original weapons from this battle.
Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ in Oosterbeek: there is no better place to go to learn about the Battle of Arnhem of September 1944, housed in the impressive 19th century Villa Hartenstein (former headquarters of the British command during the battle), offers on 1700 square metres an exiting view on this history. In the completely renewed presentation stories of British, Polish and German soldiers come to life, as well as those of civilians who lived in agony.
The museum shows a large collection authentic weaponry, documents, films and pictures. In the Airborne Experience, covering 900 square metres, for which the museum received several awards, you find yourself in the middle of the battle. It is a truly gripping experience where the war comes very close.
Operation Market Garden
The Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein' was founded in 1949 as a tribute to the British and Polish airborne troops who fought in the Battle of Arnhem / Operation Market Garden in 1944. With Operation Market Garden, the allies tried to conquer the bridges over the Meuse, Waal and Rhine rivers in Holland. The plan was to liberate the north and west of Holland from there. The operation failed and marked the beginning of the ‘Hongerwinter’, the winter of famine that struck thousands of people in Holland.