Museum garden

Also in the garden of the Polderhuis museum there are a number of monuments. Coming from the dike, the garden is freely accessible by descending the Liberty Bridge.

Liberty Bridge

The sturdy Liberty Bridge appears to arise out of the dike. It is the gateway to the garden of the Polderhuis museum. The Liberty Bridge is constructed to remember, to commemorate, to link and to unite. It is more than past and present; it takes a leap to the future when today is the past.
Liberty Bridge was built as a homage to the troops of the Allied Forces, who died during the liberation of November 1st 1944. The bridge was officially put into service on July 23rd 2010 amid great public interest.
On the Liberty Bridge you can see many name plates of people who contributed to the bridge and who support the Polderhuis museum. It is possible to have your name on the bridge

Landing Craft

The landing craft in the garden is a restored Dutch landing craft dating from the 1960’s. It is another tribute to all the victims, liberators and civilians. The pictures give an impression of the circumstances during the landing of the Royal Marines on November 1st 1944.
The landing craft was given the name and colours of one of the crafts that came ashore on that day.

Commemoration stone Molen De Roos

After the opening ceremonies of the Polderhuis museum on November 1st 2004, there was also the disclosure of a monument to commemorate the 44 people who died in the mill De Roos (The Rose). On the 3rd of October 1944, 47 people took shelter in the mill for the upcoming bombings of the dikes. Unfortunately, also the mill was completely destroyed and 44 people lost their lives. On the plaque you can read a text written by one of the only 3 survivors.

The Exhortation

A stone in the garden contains the last lines of “The Exhortation”: At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

City of Benares’ Bowsprit

The City of Benares was a three-mast sailing ship that ran ashore on the dike, near to the iron lighthouse. Its bowsprit is exhibited in the garden as a remembrance to the many ships that stranded on the coast in the past and all the lives that were lost.