Top choice museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

This museum brings the horror of German occupation in WWII vividly alive, using letters, artefacts and personal stories to illuminate local resistance to (but also collaboration with) the Nazis. There's also a section on the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) pre- and postwar. Labels are in Dutch and English.

Its Verzetsmuseum Junior relates the stories of four Dutch children, putting the Resistance into context for kids.

The elegant cafe next door is a perfect refuge for a post-museum discussion on the politics of resistance over coffee and cakes.