Dutch Fortress Museum
The Dutch Fortress Museum steps outside its walls
Naarden-Vesting is one of the best kept fortress cities of Europe, and played a crucial role in the history of the Netherlands. Also of the world, since the Dutch exported the knowledge to build such defensive structures over half the world. In Naarden, one of the bastions (arrow-shaped projections of the city wall) houses the Dutch Fortress Museum. XPEX developed a masterplan and feasibility study, which elaborate on how the museum can become modern, moving, relevant and successful. The XPEX plan includes storytelling presentations in both museum and city: on existing walls and in historical bunkers. They take the visitor to three key moments in history: the fights during the uprising against the Spaniards in 1572, the Disaster Year 1672 (when the French invaded the Netherlands) and during the era of Napoleon. The first success was already achieved: The museum acceded to the Canon museums in the Netherlands, as figurehead of the window Napoleon.