Would you like to see how Dutch people were living a few hundreds of years ago? Then you should definitely visit the Open Air Museum of Arnhem. This huge place will keep you busy for the whole day, so make sure you arrive there early in the morning. You’ll see old fashioned houses, still working windmills, will be able to play old Dutch games, to ride funny shaped bicycles, and to enjoy real Dutch beer.
The Museum is only open April-late October, 10 am to 5pm daily
Just north of Arnhem is the Netherlands Open-Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum). It is set in 33 hectares/82 acres of beautiful wooded country.
The museum was founded in 1912 by citizens to preserve a way of life and folk art of the different Dutch provinces.
You will see faithfull recontructions of typical farming and fishermen's homes, windmills of all kinds and a variety of craftsmen's workshops.
There is a steam sawmill from Groenlo, a steam-driven dairy from Veenwouden and an entire block of houses from the Zaan area.
All t hebuildings were brought here from their original sites complete with furniture and equipment. In the main exhibition building there are displays of traditional costumes.
The Netherlands Open Air Museum shows you the history of every day life in a very lively way. Many of the 85 historic houses and farms are inhabited. If they are not it is as if the people have just left to work the land or do some shopping. It offers a unique and authentic view of the Low Countries in all of its modest glory, beauty and honesty.
In front of the Netherlands Open Air Museum lies a mysterious, egg-shaped building with red-copper covering. Once inside, you encounter one surprise after another. Can't explain, have to experience.
The Open Air Museum is created in a hilly part at the North side of the city of Arnhem. This area was transformed in the 18th century into the Waterberg estate with a forest and farmland by mayor Adriaan Menthen.
The museum was an idea of Frederic Adolph Hoefer, who wanted to conserve old buildings and factories and the related knowledge and art of living.
In 1918 the museum started after 6 buildings were relocated to the park.
The former farmland now is the central meadow; most of the forest with many beech and pine trees is still there, but some part was transformed into the herb garden and nursery garden.
Through the years many more buildings were added and you can easily spend a full day here without getting bored. Many volunteers operate old machinery and show you things in the way they used to be.
In 1996 tram tracks were added. The former Rotterdam and The Hague trams makes the park easier visitable.
Next to the entrance is a shop and food court and a basement cinema.
Throughout the park are several restaurants serving traditional food (pancakes) and other goodies. The brewery has free samples to taste and there are some traditional shops (bread and candy).
Adults € 14.20
Children 4 - 12 years old € 10.00
Parking (per vehicle) € 4.50
From 1 April to 1 November: daily from 10AM - 5PM.
Check the website for Winter openings and events.
Netherlands Open Air Museum
NL-6816 SJ Arnhem
Tel: +31 (0)26 357 61 00
Been here when i was younger, but no pictures..i remember the making of perkament paper thats all.
The Netherlands Open Air Museum uses authentic buildings, objects and true stories to bring the past to life.
The museum, with its farmyards, farmhouses, cottages and businesses, the farmer's cafe and shops, is a hive of activity.
To see everything there, you have to spend all day there, but it's really a lot of fun.
You can buy Holland's candies in the old candy shop and have a cup of tea with Dutch pancakes in the old café…
Visit the 'Netherlands Open Air Museum'!I have no pics of it, back then I could not effort myself that luxury.
Discover at the Netherlands Open Air Museum how the Dutch have been living and working since 1600.
The Openluchtmuseum (Open Air Museum) is just outside the historic city of Arnhem, just an hour away from Amsterdam by train. It's a large wooded park with streams and ponds and gardens and about 80 or so buildings, many of them farmhouses and they have been brought here from all over the country from various eras of history. The museum represents the way of life of the Dutch people over the past couple hundred years, from farming to merchants to industry. There are people that will show you how to make paper out of rags, how cheese was made in a dairy using steam powered machinery, you can shop in an old fashioned general store or buy freshly baked goods from a bakery. There are thousands of objects, furniture, prints and there are rare farm animals that are kept here as well.
There's an old tram system that is set up to take you around the park to save your feet a little. The buildings are in clusters in various parts of the park and though you can walk from one area to another, it's probably better to take the free tram ride.
There are also two buildings that house massive collections of all kinds of things that have been donated by Dutch people. Some of the collections displayed include spectacles, pipes, religious statues, Royal Family memorabilia, an airline "sick bag" display and a room with two levels of walls encasing piggy banks of all shapes and sizes! The second building has a lot of the collections stored but the entrance has a wall with all kinds of household items and furniture nailed up the wall!
There are a couple of cafes around the grounds including one in the main visitor centre. there are also displays in the visitor centre and films to see. They have activities for families and kids through the season and special events at holidays like Christmas.
The museum costs 14 euro per adult, discounts for children and seniors. You can buy the tickets online and if you have the national Museumkaart, it's free. It also costs a little extra to park there. You can get combination tickets to the Burger's Zoo as well.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. spring through Fall, In winter, most of the buildings are closed for entry but you can stroll through the park and see the outside of them at least. There is a reduced price for that.
A12/Waterberg junction (exit 26). Follow the signs for Arnhem-Noord (Openluchtmuseum/Burgers' Zoo) from all surrounding roads and motorways.
I hugely enjoyed the Open Air museum (Openluchtmuseum) after not having been there for 30 odd years. Needless to say it was very much expanded with many old farms and buildings from all over the country. The farms, windmills and such are originals that have been moved from their original place to the museum. It really is a travel in time through many centuries.
There's loads to do: visit inside each building. Help doing the laundry, Arrow shooting. Ride the tram as much as you like. Taste beer in the brewery. Get lost in the maze. Look underneath a train. Ride a bike. Eat cream buns and taste smoked eel. Make rope. Milk cows. Ride horse and cart.
Note: do not miss the HollandRama spectacle! It is indeed, spectacular.
There are wheelchairs available free of charge. The trams circle the grounds at about 6-8 minute intervals at each station so you can cut on the walking if you are so inclined. You can bring a picnic but you cannot eat it at any of the establishments. Plenty of benches around, though.
Open air museum in Arhem.There are much old farmer houses..You can walk around.but also with a little train..nice to see.