Opened in 2013, the innovative Eyewitness Museum in Beek, near the southern city of Maastricht, uses bold storytelling techniques to guide visitors through the European history of the Second World War.
- A must-visit for anyone keen to learn more about the Second World War in Europe.
- Experience the stories of WWII through life-size dioramas.
- Rare and previously unseen artefacts on display.
Wartime dioramas in the Eyewitness Museum
See the Second World War depicted through 13 vivid dioramas, in which 142 life-size figures bring harrowing scenes from the war to life. From the bleak reality of the trenches to daily life in Nazi-occupied Holland, the scenes use only original WWII clothing and artefacts to offer an authentic vision of wartime Europe. In addition to these, visitors can discover a host of rare WWII paraphernalia, and uncover real-life accounts told through letters, film, photography and interactive media.
A museum of stories
The Eyewitness Museum is centred around the story of fictional German paratrooper August Segel, a soldier in the First Fallschirmjäger Regiment, which was later partially absorbed into the Hermann Göring Division. Segel guides visitors through his war experience, from his enlistment into the German army in 1935, through the horrors of the frontline in France, Russia and Belgium, and to the final days of the war in Berlin. Using his story as a framework, the museum offers personal insights into life on the battlefield and the many hardships encountered by soldiers and civilians throughout the years of the Second World War.
Opening times and admission
The Eyewitness Museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 (also on Mondays during the months of July and August), and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00. The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Sunday. The museum is unsuitable for wheelchair users. Pets are not allowed.
Admission: Adults €10, Children (4-12) €6, Senior Citizens (65+) €8, Family ticket €22 (valid for two adults and one child - each additional child costs €3).
The province of Limburg forms part of the Liberation Route of Europe. It was the first province reached by the Allied armies in September 1944. Key locations connected to the Liberation of Limburg include the American Military Cemetery at Margraten, near Maastricht, where 8,301 American soldiers were laid to rest, and Ysselsteyn, the biggest war cemetery in Holland.