The Museum 1940 - 1945 is located in an old historic building on the Nieuwe Haven. For this former garrison city of Pontoon and Torpedo troops, too, the Second World War left its mark. The position of the city of Dordrecht in May 1940 was unique and of great strategic importance, partly due to its location and the very important railway and traffic bridges at Moerdijk and Zwijndrecht. This was true during the German invasion as well as during the German occupation.
During the approaching liberation of the southern part of the country in late 1944 and the Allied advance, Dordrecht's position as a front city remained of great strategic importance. In May 2022, the war museum will be refurbished with modern technology that tells this important historical story. Eye-catchers of the renewed museum are the digital pillars filled with photos, films and sound fragments from the Second World War. The collection follows the timeline of the mobilisation and occupation through the persecution of the Jews and the hunger winter to the liberation.