The renewed Airborne Museum is a unique experience. The beautifully renovated and modernized building houses the world’s largest collection of Operation Market Garden memorabilia. The war is brought very close to home in the Netherlands’ only battlefield museum.

The monumental nineteenth-century villa – the headquarters of the British Airborne Division in September 1944 – holds 1,700 square metres of history and experience. The underground Airborne Experience (900 m2), will transport you into the very midst of the battle. If there is one thing the Airborne Museum wants to demonstrate, it is that freedom should never be taken for granted and that freedom is experienced together. It shows that reconciliation is possible.

There is also much to see in the museum’s immediate surroundings, such as the Airborne War Cemetery and the memorial column on which freedom is represented by a man surrounded by civilians and soldiers. There is also a bronze statue sculpted by Jits Bakker, who was only a boy at the time of the battle. This statue (‘The Guardian’), which is set in the park near the Airborne Museum, is of an angel that accompanies Man to heaven, giving hope and offering protection with its wings.


The underground Airborne Experience showcases the war in all its intensity. Here you will feel the impact of the violence on the young boys who were desperately fighting for their lives.

You will follow in the footsteps of a British parachutist. 

You are briefed on the mission. You board a glider. Through its windows you can see it take off from England and fly to the occupied Netherlands.

Suddenly, you are amidst the bitter fighting in the streets of Arnhem. You wander through imposing war scenes created with authentic footage, surrounded by cleverly constructed dummy buildings.

 Light, and the lack of it, is used ominously against an audio backdrop of the annihilating war: gunshots, explosions, shouting in English, orders in German, frightened people in hiding.

You approach the Arnhem bridge and follow the retreat to the perimeter around Hartenstein Hotel. Finally, you retreat back down the Rhine River.

It’s an intense experience.

Opening hours: 

From 1 November - 31 March

  • Monday through Saturday: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Sundays and holidays:      12.00 - 17.00

From 1 April - 31 October

  • Monday through Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
  • Sundays and holidays:      12.00 - 17.00

The Information Centre is closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On 16 and 24 December, it closes at 16.00.

Battle of Arnhem Information Centre

155 Rijnkade
ArnhemArnhem, Gelderland 6811 HD
Phone+31 (0)26-333 77 10

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