Nederlands Zouavenmuseum

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For those who love exceptional religious stories, the Nederlands Zouavenmuseum in Oudenbosch is a must-visit. Certainly, if you are interested in the unique history of these Zouave fighters who defended the Papal States against Italian nationalists between 1861 to 1870. Oudenbosch is unmissable for people who are interested in (the Catholic) religion because you can easily combine a visit to the museum and a trip to see the Basilica of the Saints Agatha and Barbara (a small-scale copy of St Peter’s in Rome). Come and learn all about these exceptional and combative volunteers and immerse yourself in a piece of history that is only 150 years old but unknown to many.

Billowing pantaloons
Zouaves were recognisable by th…

For those who love exceptional religious stories, the Nederlands Zouavenmuseum in Oudenbosch is a must-visit. Certainly, if you are interested in the unique history of these Zouave fighters who defended the Papal States against Italian nationalists between 1861 to 1870. Oudenbosch is unmissable for people who are interested in (the Catholic) religion because you can easily combine a visit to the museum and a trip to see the Basilica of the Saints Agatha and Barbara (a small-scale copy of St Peter’s in Rome). Come and learn all about these exceptional and combative volunteers and immerse yourself in a piece of history that is only 150 years old but unknown to many.

Billowing pantaloons
Zouaves were recognisable by their uniform with billowing pantaloons. Named after the Berber tribe that once helped the French army in Algeria, at its high point the Zouave army consisted of about 11,000 volunteers, including over 3,000 young Dutch Catholic men. After their victory against the Italian army, most Zouaves returned homewards. Despite the fact they had lost their Dutch citizenship, their own Catholic circles welcomed them as heroes. The Nederlands Zouavenmuseum, established in a monumental building from 1776, offers a complete overview of their experiences in Rome and after their return. It presents many personal letters, diaries and souvenirs, an extensive list of peoples’ names and some original uniforms and has various exhibition halls.

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With free parking, the train station less than a kilometre away and a bus stop at the door, the museum is easily accessible. For the disabled there is a special entrance and lift, so that everyone can get to know this unique story. And should you have time left after visiting the museum and the basilica, Arboretum Oudenbosch is called ‘the green gem in the rich religious heritage of  Oudenbosch’.  A visit to this tree garden in a former monastery garden will more than complete your day in Oudenbosch!

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Opening times

  • Every monday closed
  • Every tuesday from 13:30 to 16:30
  • Every wednesday from 13:30 to 16:30
  • Every thursday closed
  • Every friday closed
  • Every saturday from 13:30 to 16:30
  • Every sunday from 13:30 to 16:30

Prices

  • Adults€4.00
  • Children€2.00
  • MJK (Museumjaarkaart)Free

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