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How to visit the open air museum in The Netherlands : Openluchtmuseum

Are you planning a trip to The Netherlands and are you interested in exploring the Dutch culture and history? Then you should definitely pay a visit to the open air museum in Arnhem: the Openluchtmuseum! Here, you can explore the traditional Dutch history and culture in authentic buildings and objects. It’s definitely amusing for all ages! In this post, I will tell you how you can visit the open air museum in The Netherlands, what kind of activities you can participate in, what you can see and where you can eat. Enjoy!

Check out some of the houses of the Jordan in Amsterdam

Some of the houses of the Jordan, a quarter in Amsterdam, has been remained and are now at the Openluchtmuseum. You can find the houses at the beginning of the park, when you leave the Canon café to start the route through the park. Until 2002, the houses were still inhabited. At the complex, you can find the Jordanian café, a postal agency and a pension for the Turkish guest workers.

See how the craftsmen are working

You can almost daily see how the craftsmen are working. There are, among other people, a miller, a blacksmith and a paper maker demonstrating the work they do in their working areas. This give you a great image of the work and you can ask all your questions to the experts.

Have a look in the flood disaster house

The flood disaster house comes from Raamsdonkveer and reminds us to the flood disaster in the Netherlands in 1953. In 2014, the house has been moved to the museum and officially opened.

Join one of the many activities

Throughout the year, there are many activities and events organised at the Openluchtmuseum. Furthermore, each day there are activities organised for the children whereby they can do and learn some things about the Dutch history. At the official website of the museum you can see per day the activities or events and what time they start/end.

Buy some old Dutch candy or other traditional Dutch items

In the center of the museum, close to some beautiful windmills, you can find a typical old Dutch street with green houses. In these green houses you can find some shops. One shop, for example, sells typical Dutch stuff which has been used in the past in the household. Another house is a candy shop, where you can buy all kinds of Dutch candy. It’s really nice to wander around this street and these shops.

Take the tram and make a trip through the museum

A fun activity to do in the open air museum, is to take the tram. Several trams run daily through the park. If you are waiting at a tram stop, you approximately have to wait for about 10 minutes before the next tram is leaving.

Places to eat at the open air museum in The Netherlands

There are plenty of nice eateries in the open air museum:

The Canon Café

You can find this eatery at the entrance of the museum. Here you can have a delicious lunch, dinner or just a nice drink or cup coffee. The Canon Café is daily opened from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Tante Stien

A typical, Jordanian café where you can enjoy a nice drink and bite while listening to Dutch songs. The opening hours differs per day and you can find them at the map which you get when you enter the museum.


Brabants Café: this farm, turned into a café from Budel, offers the typical Brabants hospitality and atmosphere. You can enjoy nice drinks, like beer from their own brewery or a cup of coffee. The opening hours of this café can also be found on the day map.


Here you can enjoy the typical Dutch dish: poffertjes. Sweet, little pancakes. You can eat them for lunch or just as a snack. The Poffertjeskraam is daily opened from 10 a.m.

Herberg de Hanekamp

In this ‘hostel’ you can eat some delicious pancakes, sandwiches, soups and stews. This eatery is opened in the weekend, during the holidays and on Wednesday in the afternoon.


At the bakery you can buy some delicious sandwiches and bread. The bakery is daily opened from 10.30 a.m.

Practical information for visiting the open air museum in The Netherlands

If you would like to pay a visit to the museum, then here is some practical information.

Opening times

The museum is usually open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Buying tickets for the open air museum in The Netherlands

You can buy your entree tickets online or directly when you arrive at the museum. When you buy them online, you’ll get a discount.

If you are staying in Amsterdam or somewhere else in the Netherlands, Arnhem is very easy to reach by public transportation. From Amsterdam Central Station, Arnhem is only an hour traveling by train. From there, you can take the bus which brings you to the Openluchtmuseum. You’ll need bus number 3, which has the final stop ‘Burger’s Zoo’.

Address of the open air museum in The Netherlands

Hoeferlaan 4
6816 SG Arnhem
The Netherlands


I hope this post gives you a good image of the open air museum in The Netherlands. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are interested in getting to know more about the Netherlands.

Have you ever visit the Openluchtmuseum before? I’d like to know what you think about it! Let me know in the comment section below. Of course also please let me know if you have any questions!

Author: Tamara

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  • Paige Wunder

    Wow! This is really interesting. I always love being able to see things being made, especially if it’s something that’s historical and part of the culture. It seems like a perfect activity for a nice day. Plus, who doesn’t love local sweets???

  • Laura

    I really love the photos and the fact you’ve included a “practical information” section. I feel like that’s often missing in blog posts, so thanks for sharing that. I have yet to go to the Netherlands, but when I do I’ll def reference this!

  • Siddhartha Joshi

    My answer to your first question is a big YES, and I think I would love to visit Openluchtmuseum! I am always fascinated by history of culture of places and museums are often the best places to do that…

  • Candy

    This museum sounds like so much fun! I’ve never heard of it, but if I ever make it to the Netherlands I would love to go.So fun that you can shop all kinds of Dutch candy and I love bakeries!!!!

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