The Regional Museum 1940-1945 Schagen and surrounding area is located in the former prison tower of Schagen castle. In the museum, there are numerous original objects from the period of 1939-1945 to be seen. You can check out those objects on your own or get explanations from an enthusiastic guide!
The second World War
In the Regional Museum 1940-1945, a picture of the second world war in the area of the kop van Noordholland and West Friesland in the years 1940-1945 in all of its facets is outlined bymeans of countless original objects and pictures from the second world war; mobilisation, the May days of 1940, the German occupation, daily life, the hunger winter and the liberation in 1945.
This Canadian so-called battledress from 1944 belonged to the firt lieutenant Hin from Haarlem. At the time, Mr. Hin belonged to the staff of Prins Bernard. The uniform was found in a circuit in 1990 and through a newspaper article we found out that it was the uniform of Mr. Hin.
Do you want to see or hear more intersting stories?
Niek Jan Grooff
His interest in the second world war already manifested at the age of twelve. It was also when he started collecting materials and stories of that time. Over time, his personal collection grew to become the present collection of the museum. In his opinion, it is important to pass on the stories of the second world war, especially to the youth, so that they will not get lost and will hopefully serve as a warning for future generations not to end up in those same dark times.