‘A fantastic experience. The guide was an enthusiastic storyteller and, of course, we were enthusiastic tasters!’
What was it like to share your home with your livestock? How did you sleep in a box bed? How did you entertain yourself in the evening when the only light you had came from a candle or lantern? What a difference from the way we live today in our air-conditioned homes, with separate bedrooms for everyone and televisions and smartphones to keep us amused! ‘Go on a tour and you’ll find out so much more about all the wonderful things to see at the museum. Everything is brought to life!’, commented one of our visitors.
The GETA 76 tram at the museum is a replica of a tramcar that was originally built in 1929 and gives you an impression of the trams that were an important feature of Arnhem’s cityscape prior to the Second World War.
The two-axle 274 was in service in The Hague until 1963. Between 1996 and 2001 this tram was restored at the museum and fitted out like a 1920s tram.
The four-axle 520, 535 and 536 trams once operated in Rotterdam and have been fitted out in the style of a 1930s tram.
In the 19th century many children in the Netherlands had to work, simply because otherwise their families would not have had enough money to pay the rent and buy food. Sending a child to school was very expensive. Many families could not afford to do this. Sometimes a family would decide to send a child to school, which would allow him or her to earn a higher wage in the future. Often, however, that was not possible and children just carried on working. Families were faced with difficult choices. Find out for yourself what this was like.
Our syrup makers get asked lots of questions. About the fruit, how it is processed, the technique, the building and the occupants. They can answer many of these and can throw in some good stories too. Three types of pear and one type of apple form the basis for the syrup, for example. These are the Conference, Gieser Wildeman and Doyenné de Comice pears and the Elstar apple. The fruit can be seen in crates as you enter the barn. According to our syrup maker Bennie, however, there is one question that keeps cropping up. This concerns the capacity of the large fruit pan.