About this location
The Bevrijdingsmuseum (Liberation Museum) in Zeeland shows the eventful history of Zeeland during World War II. The museum has a particular focus on the 'Battle of the Scheldt'. Until now, there has been too little awareness and recognition, both nationally and internationally, of the importance of this battle. The largely forgotten Battle of the Scheldt was the longest and fiercest battle on Dutch territory. What was at stake was the opening-up of the port of Antwerp to shipping. This would make it possible to provide the Allied war effort with a crucial supply line and allow the stalled offensive in Western Europe to starting moving again. The outcome of this crucial operation was directly decisive for the further course of the Second World War in Western Europe.
The museum also pays tribute to the Zeeland Battalion. This consisted largely of volunteers who, after the liberation of Zeeland, wanted to join in the fight for the liberation of the Netherlands and Western Europe. After World War II, however, the battalion was sent to the Dutch East Indies.
From 2017, visitors can also see the new 3-hectare Bevrijdingspark (Liberation Park) in Zeeland. The concept of the Liberation Park is unique. Nowhere in Western Europe is there a similar layout. Set amongst the characteristic Zeeland elements of water, beach and dikes, the park illustrates the period of the 1939-1945 war and the Battle of the Scheldt in particular. The unique and preserved noodkerk (emergency church) of Ellewoutsdijk was reconstructed and rebuilt in the park. This emergency church, after the destruction of the original church by a bombardment, was constructed from so-called Nissen huts. Another unique feature is the Stiltebos (silent wood), a place where there is room for contemplation and reflection. In addition, the Liberation Park features bunkers, a bailey bridge, roadblocks, a Sherman tank and so on.