IEveryone knows them, the dozens of remains of parts of the former Atlantic Wall (line of defense) in the dunes and along the coast.
Sometimes it concerns large complex underground buildings (bunkers) that exist freely in or just below the landscape and sometimes they are buildings that dominate the immediate surroundings.
In other cases, these are small bunkers that are hidden by time and nature and no longer accessible because they are largely flooded with sand or are in the middle of a forest and of which almost no one suspects the existence.. In a little while they will have completely disappeared under the sand, as has happened with so many bunkers.
This ammunition bunker type V.F. 7a is in 2016 opened as Bunker Museum Jansje Schong. The bunker has been completely refurbished and is therefore easily accessible. The museum consists of two rooms.
Collection in the Bunker Museum
In the collection you will find a number of rare pieces such as:
- A signed Mein Kampf
- A sign from Hitler's Reichs Kanzlei
- The chair that has a story attached to it
- Unique parts of the Dam Busters A for Apple which crashed in Castricum and we in 2017 found the remains.
- A collection of number-identical bayonets
- Part of a window shutter from Hitler's Berghof containing the burnt wood and a piece of melted camouflage net
- Original roadblocks from Egmond's beach.
- In the film room a poignant film about the mines clearing after the war by young German conscript soldiers with remnants of the mines they removed.
Video Bunker Museum Egmond
The story of Jansje Schong
All residents of Egmond aan Zee were evacuated during the Second World War.
The nearby Heiloo provided shelter for many people, but danger reigned there too.
The Schong family from Egmond was hit by a fatal accident, with disastrous consequences.
Watch the video for the full story.
History of the bunker
Daylight after 67 year
It was Piet Zwart from Egmond aan Zee. He was one of the people commissioned by the Bureau Registration Defense Works (BRV), all defenses such as the bunkers on the north side of Egmond aan Zee had to be closed off and bricked up before a thick layer of sand had to slide over them.
It was now more than two years after the end of the war and Egmond aan Zee slowly but steadily recovered from the war.
"Forget that shit", was the motto, we have better things to do than having to send the youth away from those “bunkers” every time.
It was hot that Tuesday 5 August, he had already had several and this was the last today. This was a former ammunition bunker, one with two large rooms and a long gallery in front which was connected to other bunkers. This allowed the soldiers to retrieve the ammunition from the ammunition bunker relatively safely during an attack without the risk of being shot at..
One side of the bunker had already been bricked up, Piet prepared his things to brick up the other side as well, when he thought of putting his signature on the wall: he took out his carpenter's pencil and wrote on the wall :
“P. Black , Tromp Street 5 , Egmond aan Zee , 5-08-1947”
Then he drew three more ships on the wall before bricking up the bunker for good… he thought..
“P. Black , Tromp Street 5 , Egmond aan Zee , 5-08-1947”
Slowly the excavator makes its way through the soft dune soil. Rubble and sand has been excavated for half an hour now. It's warm that day in July. Around the pit the people of the Egmond '40 -'45 Foundation, volunteers and people from the Hague bunker team. The foundation found this bunker on their instructions. An ideal place for a museum about the period 40 -45.
The excavator now comes to a bricked-up entrance… Now a passage has to be made through the wall. With the help of a jack hammer and a generator, light slowly comes after 67 years of darkness ...
After the entrance is large enough to pass through, Martijn is the first to enter: Good day…? no reaction…
After some laughter, the others follow. The bunker is being explored and found safe for further investigation. One of the two former ammunition rooms can be entered, the other is blocked by rubble. However, the blocked space can be properly viewed through an air shaft, this space also appears to be in perfect condition. After spending two hours in the bunker, we continue our investigation:
In what state are the attached tunnels?
After the bunker has been closed, it is again 3 meters of sand. Now it's the turn of the tunnels. However, only the side walls of these appear to be standing, the roofs have been demolished. The day is coming to an end, the dune area is returned to nature: sand is pushed back onto the tunnels and helmet is replanted.
This day is a success for us: Egmond '40 -'45 Foundation has stepped up 1 put: viewing the bunker and its adjacent corridors.
The complete bunker appears to be in perfect condition, including Piet's drawings. However, the tunnels appear to be demolished.
We are now going to make plans with the Water Board where the sand around and on the bunker should go, so that we can safe in- and create output.
And as is now known. After much digging and restoration work, the bunker is now for you to go back in time and experience what it must have been like then.
From 2018 As the Egmond Foundation ’40 -’45 and therefore Bunkermuseum Jansje Schong, we have a Cultural ANBI Status.
Donors of cultural ANBIs have an extra tax advantage, because an extra donation deduction applies to them.
Individuals are allowed in the income tax return 1,25 times the amount of the donation. Companies subject to corporate tax, be allowed to 1,5 times the amount of the gift in the corporate tax return.
From 12 year € 2.50 per person.
Children until 12 years free under supervision.
Donors have free admission. You can pay with PIN with us.
Bunker Museum Jansje Schong
Opened with limited measures