The four defense museums show the past, present and future of the armed forces. We tell about the wars of the past, today’s peace missions and the story of the men and women who serve in conflict situations on behalf of the Netherlands. This is important because war and conflict are inextricably linked to the world we live in and therefore to us.


The armed forces fulfil an important core task of the Dutch government. For the social legitimacy of the armed forces – and for the motivation of the men and women who work there – it is necessary that a large part of society is aware of the importance of an armed force and can form an opinion about the way the armed forces carry out their tasks.

How did the armed forces originate and how do they protect us and others in times of war and uncertainty? The four defense museums demonstrate this by offering a window on the past, present and future developments of the armed forces.

We want to touch the visitors by:

  • To make the emotions of soldiers such as camaraderie, courage, involvement and fear tangible
  • To show that making choices is necessary
  • To show that the threat of arms can sometimes keep the peace
  • Let them feel, taste, smell and hear what it means to work for peace and security
  • To highlight the reciprocal influence of the armed forces on society from multiple perspectives

We aim for a ‘transformative experience’, which means that a visit to one of the defense museums can change the public’s view of the armed forces.

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