Netherlands Fortress Museum

The museum is located in the city of Naarden, in the Netherlands.

The Museum was established in 1955 in the Turfpoort Bastion, one of the six bastions that give the walled city its distinctive star shape. (During World War II, allied bombers returning to Great Britain from bombing missions used it as a marker.) The fortifications themselves, including the bastions, date to the period 1675-1685.

The museum comprises several exhibits, including ones on fortification, garrison life, the Dutch Water Line, and the history of the city of Naarden. These are five metres underground in casemates; because they are underground, temperatures are relatively stable and the quarters are warm in winter and cool in summer. Above ground, the museum also contains a number of guns from the 19th Century.

The bastion has an arrow-head shape with five points. The walls consist of two meters of layers of brick. Casemates built into the city walls near the narrow base of the arrow head contained guns that permitted the defenders to fire along the main moat. In the area by the lower right hand flank of the bastion there is a gunpowder testing pole, which gunners in the 17th and 18th Centuries used to test the quality of the gunpowder they received.

 

ESTABLISHED

1955

DIRECTOR

Bas Kreuger

Location

Naarden, The Netherlands

ONSITE VISITS

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ONLINE VISITS

99,000+ (2014)

FACEBOOK FANS

400+

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

1.000+

Team

INTK, collaborators and freelancers responsible for projects developed with the Netherlands Fortress Museum.

Rui Guerra

INTK co-founder and strategist

Janique Smeets

Online communication specialist at INTK

Bas Kreuger

Bas Kreuger

Director at the Netherlands Fortress Museum

Thijs Cobben

Thijs Cobben

Board Member at the Netherlands Fortress Museum

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