Plan Freedom Museum takes shape
At a meeting in Nijmegen the state announced its plans for a national World War II museum. The Freedom Museum World War II will be built in Nijmegen.The museum will cost about 21.5 million euros, of which three-quarters has already been acquired, announced the promoters to members of the Gelderland States and the City of Nijmegen. Former commander of the Armed Forces Peter van Uhm will be the ambassador of the new museum.
The presentation was intended to gain political support and to appeal to potential investors.
The Provincial Council, who is required to invest millions in the project, will soon decide on the museum. The council of Nijmegen also needs to come to a decision.
The museum is to be housed in a vacant factory building on the Waal, where the American liberators entered Nijmegen in 1944. If all goes according to plan, the museum should open to the public in 2015, according to the promoters.