Hortus Botanicus occupies the western part of the Plantage neighborhood. The largest part of Plantage is occupied by Artis Zoo to the east. In between the two green spaces lies Verzetsmuseum, the Museum of Dutch Resistance. The permanent exhibition of this museum takes visitors back to the forties, the period of the German occupation during World War II.
Streets and walls full of photos that make up the décor of the Dutch Resistance Museum help evoke the climate of the war years. The authentic objects, photos and documents, film and sound fragments, tell the history of people who lived through that period.
The exhibition covers all forms of resistance: strikes, forging of documents, helping people to go into hiding, underground newspapers, escape routes, armed resistance, espionage. You’ll see, hear and read fascinating stories about the exceptional as well as the everyday in a time of occupation. At the time when most people were far too embroiled in day-to-day worries to even think about daring to involve themselves in any kind of resistance, and in which still others opted for collaboration. More