Soesterberg Summer Offensive

The Soesterberg Summer Offensive: a fantastic end to your summer! On the grounds we will be pulling out all the stops: tanks, aircraft… you won’t know where to look first!

Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, 2024

 

What can you expect?

  • Spectacular tank show in the Arena.
  • Static display: vehicles as well as aircraft.
  • A unique behind-the-scenes look around our depot.
  • Brawny activities for kids.
Tickets

Prices

  • Adult: €28.50
  • Child 4 to 12 years: € 19,-
  • Special ticket price with discount card

When

  • Saturday, August 31 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday September 1 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where

  • National Military Museum
  • Grounds around the museum

READY FOR ACTION?

The NMM’s grounds are expansive, very expansive! For starters, there’s a tank arena with a grandstand and an activity ground. There is also a huge concrete strip where lots of special collection pieces will be on display.

What to expect at the Soesterberg Summer Offensive?

  • A very close look at aircraft and vehicles, which are locked away behind closed doors the remainder of the year.
  • See our mobile collection in action as part of the spectacular tank show.
  • A unique behind-the-scenes look around our depot.
  • Brawny activities for kids, such as driving a mini tank or a mini jeep all by themselves.

Air Force Square

Soesterberg Air Force Base is the cradle of the Netherlands’ military aviation. This is where the first Dutch aircraft took to the air over 100 years ago, after which Soesterberg went on to wax into a major military base. At the Soesterberg Summer Offensive, we will be bringing this history back to life with a variety of military aircraft as well as the attendance of a number of Air Force squadrons.

Army Square

To a large extent, our collection consists of army equipment. In addition to a static display of this collection, a number of vehicles can also be admired in action at the Arena!* This year we also have a number of special tanks and vehicles from the War Heritage Institute Belgium over visiting.

*In association with the Stichting Mobiele Artillerie (Mobile Artillery Foundation) and the Royal Netherlands Army (RCKL).

Open depot

A behind-the-scenes look

The Soesterberg Summer Offensive offers visitors the unique opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look. Our depot is jam-packed with collection pieces which normally are not on display to visitors. The August 31 and September 1 weekend is about to change this!

Check out the ‘out of sight’ collection at close quarters, including the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II. Find out more about and see more of our various projects.

Brawny kids-activities

We have also thought of the kids. At the event, kids get to drive the mini-jeep or mini-tank and test their military skills. Who completes the obstacle course fastest? Stay invisible: dress up and make up like a real trooper!

Sadly hitching a ride on one of the military vehicles is unavailable at the event weekend because of the tank shows.