The Netherlands

Must visit: Het Openluchtmuseum

Are you planning a trip to the Netherlands and would you like to know more about Dutch culture and history? Then you should definitely pay a visit to the Openluchtmuseum! In authentic buildings, objects and true stories you can find the Dutch history in this open air museum. The museum is located in Arnhem, in the east side of the Netherlands and it takes you back in time. From two centuries in the past until very recently. Read more, and you’ll see what you can find at the open air museum. The museum is amusing for all ages!

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. Click here to go to the official website to explore more.

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. There is also a bakery, which we talk about later in this article. It’s really nice to wander around this street and these shops.

Take the tram and make a trip through the museum
Every day, there is riding trams through the park which bring you from A to B or to just drive you around and make a roundtrip through the park. If you are waiting at a tram stop, you’ll, most of the time, have to wait for a maximum time of 10 minutes before a tram is coming.

Go to the Remise and take a look at the trams
The trams which don’t ride through the park at the day you’re there, these trams you can admire at the Remise. The originally remis of the tram of Arnhem has been destroyed during World War II. You can also find the historical goods shed of Van Gend & Loos, which is originating from the stations emplacement of Tiel.

Have something to eat or to drink at the eateries
Also very important when you’re making a day trip: the possibilities to eat and drink something! Well, in the Openluchtmuseum you have many possibilities. Below you can find a list:
– 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.
– Budel – 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.
– Poffertjeskraam: 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.
– Bakkerij: At the bakery you can buy some delicious sandwiches and bread. The bakery is daily opened from 10.30 a.m.

Practical information
If you would like to pay a visit to the museum, then here is some practical information. Normally, the museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Of course there are exceptions in, for example, wintertime.

You can either buy your entree tickets online or directly when you arrive at the museum. When you buy them online, you’ll get a discount. Adults (from 13 years old) will have to pay € 17,50 online for a ticket and € 19,- directly at the museum. Children have a special price. Children from 0 until 3 years old can enter the museum for free and children from  4 until 12 years old have to pay € 14,50 online and € 16,- directly at the museum.

If you are staying in Amsterdam or somewhere else in the Netherlands, Arnhem is very easy to reach by car or train. From Amsterdam Central Station, Arnhem is only an hour travelling 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’.

The Openluchtmuseum has the following address:
Hoeferlaan 4
6816 SG Arnhem

Of course the Openluchtmuseum has much more to offer than mentioned above. There are many other buildings and places which bring you back and tell you more about the Dutch history, but hopefully the information mentioned before gives you a good image of the museum. It’s definitely worth the visit if you are interested in getting to know more about the Netherlands. At the official website of the museum you can also find a map of the park which let you see all the things the museum has to offer. One tip: go here with good weather, since everything is outside.

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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