Museum der Koninklijke Marechaussee - Buren - The Netherlands

Address: Weeshuiswal 9, Buren (See map)
Telephone: +31 (0)344-571256

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: medium
Year of visit: 2002

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Description: At Buren, a small historic village located between the booming cities of Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch, the Marechaussee Museum is to be found. The museum, which opened its doors in 1972, is housed in a former orphanage built in Renaissance style during the 17th century.

Apart from items belonging to the Marechaussee (military police) you will also see exhibits dealing with other historic Dutch police services like the "Rijkswacht" "Gemeentepolitie" and "Korps politietroepen" (we're not sure about the English equivalents of these outfits).

Noticable items include a rather macabre jar with fingers (as part of the temporary exhibit), collected by a local policeman when asked to provide fingerprints of a crime victim (collecting fingerprints was a new method at the time!!), assorted uniforms, various vehicles, documents, paintings and weapons. Armoured cars and guns are not available.

Although the Marechausse is not the most exciting outfit of the Dutch military force, the museum is certainly worth a visit.

Jeep and motor (Matchless) from the period after World War II.

Wedding of a First Lieutenant of the Dutch Military Police.

Several uniforms of the Police, Military Police, Highway Police, Army, Navy and Airforce.

Blacksmith around 1900.

Harley Davidson. Used during the D-day invasion and later for training recruits.

Checkpoint in the seventies.

Patrol car (DAF) used by the Military Police.

Motorist wearing ceremonial uniform in the early eighties.

In service of the United Nations. UNAVEM helpt to restore peace in Angola.

Standing on guard in the East Indies.