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“Interesting colonial history”
Review of Museum Bronbeek

Museum Bronbeek
Ranked #7 of 37 things to do in Arnhem
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Visited the museum as part of a birthday party at the adjacent restaurant. Interesting history of Indonesia and Dutch colonialism. The museum is well presented and tells the story well in Dutch and English. The grounds and restaurant are also good. I learnt a lot from the visit which having worked in Jakarta a few times filled in the gaps in my knowledge of how Indonesia was formed.

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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Nice setup in chronological order of items. Extensive story of the Dutch colonial past of Indonesia. WW II, civil war and transfer of the souvernty is clearly exposed and explained.

Thank Eric V
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

First, if you are coming from the main road to the left of the grounds, you must make a very sharp turn between metal gates into the complex. For us, this required backing up one time and trying again. Once inside it is really not clear exactly which building is the museum. There are lots of Dutch signs and medical labels. Then finding parking is a challenge because we did not read Dutch. Eventually we found a parking lot which is well behind the big yellow museum building and a worker helped us figure out where to go. It was easy to exit as the gate arm lifted automatically.

The grounds are huge and lovely. We saw lots of wheelchairs and medical people which is one reason we were confused. The museum exhibits are on two floors and if you look carefully, you can visit them in chronological order starting on the 2nd floor.

It is an interesting museum, but it is obvious from the quantity of weaponry and other military items that these words on one of the signs are quite true: "The Dutch came to the East Indies to make money. In the seventeenth century this often went hand in hand with fighting. .... The Dutch East India Guild (VOC) was a cross between a merchant guild and a navy..... It was not for nothing that half the VOC crew consisted of soldiers.

Make it a point to have a meal in the Indonesian Restaurant on the grounds.

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

Is an elderly home for retired single soldiers from the Dutch colonial army. Most residents are in their nineties. It also functions as a colonial museum.
Next to the main building is a Indonesian restaurant, Kumpulan. Recommendable.

Thank Jan v
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Reviewed 28 November 2015

This is an interesting museum about rebellions and wars in the Dutch East Indies, what is now Indonesia. Besides many stories, there are many items on display, mostly weaponry such as huge cannon barrels, daggers (krissen), regular guns, etc. There are some nice paintings too. Outdoors there are many stones commemmorating fallen soldiers and citizens, e.g. those who died working on the Burma and Sumatra railways under Japanese rule.

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