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Museum Engelandvaarders

Soldaten van Oranje (Soldiers of Orange). The Museum Engelandvaarders (England Paddlers Museum) at Bosweg is open

Relive the experience of the men and women who fled occupied Holland during World War II, and travelled to England to fight against Germany and Japan.

A few hundred men and women crossed the North Sea in unseaworthy boats / ships. Some in a canoe. Many drowned at sea or were arrested, imprisoned or shot during preparations.

Many more went on foot, by bike or car / bus / train to make this journey. Some travelled overland, via Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and even Russia. After having suffered many hardships, more than 2,000 Dutch men and women arrived in England and contributed to the liberation of Europe.

Once arrived in England…

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Soldaten van Oranje (Soldiers of Orange). The Museum Engelandvaarders (England Paddlers Museum) at Bosweg is open

Relive the experience of the men and women who fled occupied Holland during World War II, and travelled to England to fight against Germany and Japan.

A few hundred men and women crossed the North Sea in unseaworthy boats / ships. Some in a canoe. Many drowned at sea or were arrested, imprisoned or shot during preparations.

Many more went on foot, by bike or car / bus / train to make this journey. Some travelled overland, via Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and even Russia. After having suffered many hardships, more than 2,000 Dutch men and women arrived in England and contributed to the liberation of Europe.

Once arrived in England, one was interrogated by the British Security Service and if they were certain the person was not a spy, the ‘Englandvaarder’ was invited for a cup of tea at Queen Wilhelmina in London.

After that, the person was trained as an aviator or spy and sent back again to Holland.

Some spies travelled back and forth to Engeland and Holland for more than 10 times. Most well-known ‘Englandvaarder’ was Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema. He was adviser to Queen Wilhelmina. He lived from April 3, 1917 (born in Indonesia) to September 26th, 2007 and died in Hawaii. He wrote a book about this exciting time. From this book ‘Soldaat van Oranje’ a film was made with the same title. He was honored for his heroics and decorated with the Cross of Honor.

Visit this exciting Museum Engelandvaarders and see for yourself how others experienced World War II in Holland and England.

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Opening times

  • every Mondayclosed
  • every Tuesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Wednesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Fridayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Sundayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • Openingstijden* Dinsdag t/m vrijdag van 10.00 tot 17.00 uur Zaterdag en zondag van 11.00 tot 17.00 uur Gesloten op maandagen en feestdagen *Let op van november tot maart gelden doordeweeks andere openingstijden: Dinsdag t/m vrijdag van 10.30 tot 16.30 uur

Prices

  • Entreeprijzen:
    Vanaf 13 jaar € 6,50
    Kinderen van 7 tot 12 jaar € 3,50
    kinderen t/m 6 jaar gratis
    Museumkaart is geldig.

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  • ChildrenYes
  • FamiliesYes

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