At the end of the day when the sun begins to set and the Overloon War Museum closes to the public, staff turn off the lights and lock the doors before leaving.
This is when the museum takes on a spooky, if not unearthly silence; the objects seem to take on a life of their own when moonlight leaks in from windows reflecting off the exhibits.
It’s an atmosphere that few people have been lucky enough to experience – until recently.
Last year The Overloon War Museum in The Netherlands opened its doors after closing time for an event taking place in the evening titled ‘Museum in the Dark’. It was a great success, so another six evenings are planned this fall on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.
The event will give visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in three special historical authentic story lines which bring the forgotten Battle of Overloon to life.
What was life like for the ordinary citizen? Where did people from the resistance disappear to? Who was arrested? Which German force did the Americans and British have to face? How did the fight go? Who survived and who didn’t?
Through beautiful storytelling, extraordinary authentic images, video projections and lifelike re-enactment, visitors become part of the stories surrounding the Battle of Overloon.
A buffet dinner served in the museum’s café from 6pm to 7pm will also be on offer complete with a drink of your choice and a dessert.
The evening opening hours are from 7pm to 10pm. Admission is €16 adults and €11 for children aged four to 12.
Admission including the buffet is €29.50 adults and €20.50 for children aged four to 12.
To book tickets, visit https://www.oorlogsmuseum.nl/nl/museum-in-het-donker/