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“Old times in the Netherlands for kids”

Netherlands Open-Air Museum and National Heritage Museum
Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Arnhem
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Netherlands Open Air Museum (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum) takes you back into the past of every day life of ordinairy Dutch people. The museum lies in a beautiful park on the outskirts of the vibrant city of Arnhem. Ther is so much to see. Meet the museum staff who appear to have stepped straight out of the past. Proud of their heritage they will inspire you with their stories. For young and old alike, a visit to the museum is an unforgettable experience. Feast your senses on stories, smells, flavours and images that will take you back to days gone by. Whatever your age, the living history will make a lasting impression, bringing back memories and astonishing you by turns. Immerse yourself in the past and get to know the Dutch people and their history.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Perfect place to spend a day with your kids. You have everything there you need to go back in time to enjoy old times in the Netherlands: old trams, houses and variety of activities (things you do on the farm or field).

Fully recommended especially with kids!

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

I didn't expect much of this museum, especially because it has to be good weather. I knew it was about old houses and life on the farm. You get to see a lot of barns and different kind of jobs on the farms. Sometimes you can try things and buy things like they are old, like; bookshelves, candy, postcards and books/stuff about how to learn, for example; knitting.

You have to like to walk if you want to see everything. And if you want to know what everything is or what it's about, you have the possibility to read a few signs at everything you see. The map is very simple and easy. Every building or place has a number and every number has a name. Next to every building or place is a sign. Some buildings or places have an nice employee who tells you about the building or their lifestyle in the clothes from the time the building was built. Also the interior is most of the times very interesting. It's also from the old times and not only the prints on the walls etc. are from that time, but the furniture itself is sometimes from that time too. You get to see a little of old parts of Amsterdam. (3 houses with on the inside information and short films about imi/emigration, an old café and a Turkpension.

Every food you buy is organic. Bakery, candy, milk, cheese, honey; organic.

You actually learn A LOT when you visit this museum. The museum has translates in English and French. People with a walking disability can visit this museum, but cannot see everything, because they are not able to go everywhere with a wheelchair. I think it's not a bad thing, because it's beautiful with all the nature, and disabled people can see enough. Bad part is; disabled people cannot get into most of the buildings.

I don't recommend this museum to families with children. It's to boring for them. If you have children who are really interested in old things, it might be fun, or if you want to go for the activities. But please don't go for yourself. To see everything, it takes a 6 hour walk.

1  Thank Laura N
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This can easily be done as a day trip from Amsterdam. Perhaps it was that we were there on the right day or the right part of August, but this was refreshingly absent of tour groups. Almost everyone visiting the museum were Dutch people, and it did not seem like a manufactured Disney-land experience whatsoever. This made me happy. It is a large space that covers a lot of ground, but it is not as big as the map would have you believe. The park is comprised of a lot of homes and buildings showing the traditional life of The Netherlands' past including the difference between a farming village and a fishing village. There are quite a few homes, windmills and farmhouses to view, but my favorite attractions were the ones where there were craftsman plying the crafts of a simpler time, making wagon wheels as example. I was most fascinated by the paper mill. They are making beautiful sheets of paper from water and old used cotton rags and suddenly I'm wondering if I can make this at home somehow and stop killing trees.

We had lunch at the cafe and the Dutch pancakes there, with onions, eggs and cheese cooked right in were the best I've had so far. The area by the small ponds, where they are cooking up the miniature pancakes is also fun if for nothing else than to watch them quickly make hundreds of little cakes on the biggest griddle you've ever seen.

Depending on how long you spend at each house, you could easily see the park in two hours, but I recommend relaxing and strolling the park for at least four. We easily got to the museum through a combination of trains and busses so if you don't have a car, no problem. Once you exit the bus (the stop right after the zoo) walk about five minutes, following signs for the Openluchtmuseum. They take the museumkaart, so if you have one it makes a great value.

1  Thank SophieBug
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Just the perfect way to see the history of the Netherlands. From the moment you arrive you are just in a different world !
Take a picnic, as there are plenty of wonderful picnic spots. The food in the museum is quite pricey.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you are near Arnhem or would like to see how Dutch people have lived throughout recent history then I would recommend that you visit the open air museum. They do not touch on the Second World War or pre1700's history but visiting there with 3 generations of my family was an amazing experience. It inspired my oma to share many stories of her own upbringing which was very eye opening.

1  Thank ChillCoco
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