The colonial history in the former Dutch East Indies is the main focus of museum Bronbeek. The museum was founded in 1863, contemporaneously with a home for disabled soldiers of the colonial army in the Dutch East Indies. The collection had its origins in gifts and consists of historical military, ethnographic and natural history objects. The emphasis is on the legacy of Royal Dutch East Indies Army (KNIL). The permanent exhibit provides information about the monopoly of power of the Dutch authority in her colonies. An important theme is the history of combat and the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War. Temporary exhibitions lend depth to the various subjects.