Whenever you plan a vacation, one of the most important things to consider is where you’re going to be staying. In modern times, travelers have more options than ever before. Between B&Bs, hotels, motels, rented apartments, private homes, and more, choosing the right accommodation can be quite an overwhelming task. However, if you want to get the best rate, the friendliest welcome, and the opportunity of making some new friends, there’s only one clear option: hostels. Hostels are hugely popular, especially in Europe, and have a lot of advantages. Not only are they the cheapest form of accommodation, they also have unique benefits like communal areas for cultural exchange, special organized events, and lots of free services like Wi-Fi. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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4 Best Hostels in Amsterdam
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Attraction Spotlight: Verzetsmuseum
Located in Amsterdam’s Plantage neighborhood, the Verzetsmuseum, also known as the Dutch Resistance Museum, showcases a variety of exhibits related to Dutch history and resistance efforts during World War II and includes a full children’s museum facility.
The Netherlands’ involvement in World War II began in May of 1940, when the country was invaded by German Nazi forces. Though the country had declared neutrality at the war’s start the previous September, its capture by Adolf Hitler and his forces caused the country to fall under German occupation until Germany’s surrender in May of 1945. Approximately 70% of the country’s Jewish population was killed in concentration camps during the war, a significantly higher percentage than neighboring countries such as France and Belgium. In response to this action, an industrial action protest was organized as a resistance to Nazi actions and persecution of Jews. Much of the country’s southern region was liberated during the latter part of 1944, though the areas remaining under occupation suffered a major famine known as the Hunger Winter until the country’s full liberation in May of 1945.
The building that houses the Verzetsmuseum was originally constructed in 1876 by the Oefening Baart Kunst, a Jewish choral society. Throughout the 20th century, the building, which was named in honor of Renaissance-era Amsterdam clergyman Petrus Plancius, was used as a Jewish synagogue facility and cultural center. In 1999, the building was converted into a museum honoring the Dutch resistance to Nazi forces in World War II and the country’s victims of the Holocaust.
Permanent Exhibits and Collections
Today, the Verzetsmuseum is located within the Plancius building in Amsterdam’s Plantage neighborhood near the Artis Zoo, the Waterloopleing, and the Rembrandt House.. The museum showcases a variety of exhibits dedicated to the Netherlands’ involvement in World War II and the story of Dutch resistance forces against Nazi troops. It has received distinction as the country’s best historical museum for its exhibits, which are open to the public daily throughout the year with the exception of major national holidays. Adult and youth ticket rates are offered, along with free admission for all holders of I Amsterdam city cards.
Museum exhibits may be explored with the aid of a Podcatcher audio guide, which is available in Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese. 32 activation points are located along the tour, which is offered free of charge and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. A museum gift shop sells a variety of books, multimedia items, and souvenirs, and a restaurant, Brasserie Plancius, is offered next to the museum, serving light fare and coffee shop beverages.
The museum’s permanent exhibit The Netherlands in World War II recreates the urban environment of Amsterdam during the 1930s and 1940s, showcasing a variety of artifacts related to the country’s involvement in World War II and resistance efforts. The war’s impacts on everyday Dutch life are examined in the exhibit, along with the development of resistance efforts and protests, including strikes, refugee hiding efforts, underground newspapers, and citizen espionage. Personal items such as documents, photographs, and oral histories are emphasized to tell the stories of ordinary Dutch citizens during the war, and multimedia elements are showcased to bring the climate of Amsterdam under German occupation to life. The permanent exhibition’s information and multimedia elements are available in both Dutch and English.
Another exhibit, The Dutch Colonial Empire, focuses on the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies colony and the December 1943 resistance attack on the Amsterdam Resistance office. Resistance attack planners Gerrit van der Veen, Willem Sandberg, Johan Brouwer, Frieda Belinfante, Koen Limperg, and Willem Arondéus are profiled throughout the exhibit, which documents the planning of the attack, its execution, and its ensuing fallout. Visitors are encouraged to weigh the resistance’s use of violence and the planners’ punishment against the necessity of action to come to their own conclusions about the attack’s success in the scope of the war.
The museum’s Resistance Museum Junior is the Netherlands’ first full children’s museum focusing on World War II, showcasing a variety of artifacts and personal stories about the lives of Dutch children during the war. The museum is recommended for children ages nine years and older and is designed for children to visit with or without their parents. Combined entrance tickets for the main museum and the children’s museum are available, and multimedia elements and audio tours are available in Dutch and English.
Ongoing Programs and Education
In addition to standard museum admission, guided museum tours are available for groups of up to 12 participants, including curriculum-incorporated field trip opportunities for primary and secondary school student groups. All tours last approximately one hour and are available in Dutch, English, or German. Groups with more than 12 participants may schedule several simultaneous tours with several tour guides. An assignment booklet emphasizing curriculum and exhibit concepts is available upon request for school tour groups.
Plantage Kerklaan 61, 1018 CX, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Phone: +31-2-06-20-25-35
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Attraction Spotlight: Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is an interesting museum in which guests are provided with a chance to envision what occurred at the house in the past. The rooms of the house’s Secret Annex have been carefully preserved in their original state. These rooms are empty due to their furniture being carted away after the family’s arrest. Salvaged objects and documents that belonged to the the people in hiding in the Secret Annex are on display at the museum.
The front of the Anne Frank House, where Otto Frank had his office and helpers worked, has been restored to the atmosphere and style of the period of hiding. Visitors can now feel as if they are personally involved in what happened at the house. The story is shared through snippets of Anne Frank’s diary as a reference. Original photographs, documents, and objects showcased in the exhibits act to strengthen her personal account of hiding, as well as deportation to the concentration camps. The Anne Frank House museum also features three short videos that put the personal story into a historical context.
Several personal items and documents that belonged to members of the Frank family, as well those of other people who were in hiding in the Secret Annex and the helpers have been carefully preserved. These items are now make up a special collection: the Anne Frank House’s museum collection. Some of these objects can be viewed on display in the temporary and permanent exhibits at the museum.
The most well known object from the museum collection is the green and red checked diary that was used by Anne Frank during the time she was in hiding. This diary is on display permanently, along with some of her other writings. Several other items in the collection have a direct relationship with the helpers and other people who were in hiding. Other objects found within the museum collection are associated with the diary’s success, such as the film and the stage play “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
In March of the year 1944, Anne Frank heard that people’s diaries would be collected after World War II. She then decided to rewrite her entire diary, since her dream was to be a famous journalist and writer. The rewritten version of her diary is comprised of two hundred and fifteen loose sheets of paper. Twenty of these sheets are displayed on rotation in the Anne Frank House. There are two additions books written by Anne Frank on display as well. Her “Tales Book” includes short stories she wrote herself, and her “Favorite Quotes Notebook” features quotes she had liked and written down. UNESCO added the manuscripts of Anne Frank to its World Documentary Heritage List in 2009.
Next door to the former office of Otto Frank, the old house on the canal side has been completely renovated. In this house, visitors can learn more about Anne Frank’s diary, as well as its significance. The original diaries, as well as other writings by Anne Brank, are on permanent display at the Anne Frank House museum. There is also a bookshop and a cafe.
Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Phone: 31-2-05-56-71-05
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