Where can I see the museum’s collection?

The Open Air Museum’s collection comprises around 152,000 objects, including carts, household textiles, regional costumes and toys. Some of these objects can be seen in the museum park, but the vast majority is kept in our repository.

 

Library

The museum also has an extensive documentary collection comprising books, magazines, photographs, films and slides. This collection can be seen in the museum’s library.

 

Digitised collection

Can coats, bags and food be taken into the Canon of Dutch History presentation?

No, in line with the policy at the vast majority of museums, coats, bags and food are not permitted in the Canon of Dutch History presentation. This is to protect the collection, e.g. due to the need to maintain a certain temperature inside the exhibition, and to prevent any inconvenience for other visitors.

You may, of course, bring in a rucksack or bag if this is necessary due to a medical requirement.

Are there special programmes for schools?

A school trip to the Open Air Museum is a day spent discovering, playing, investigating and trying out new things. Our educational projects and activities are designed to give children experiences and get them involved in hands-on activities. These projects tie in with the core attainment targets defined for primary education and the lower levels of secondary education. All information can be found under the heading ‘school visits’ in the blue bar at the top of the page.

Can I come to the museum with a large group?

The Open Air Museum offers the perfect atmosphere for every occasion. Whether for a meeting, a company outing or a family day trip, more and more groups are discovering that the combination of cultural history, scenic beauty and hospitality provides the ideal setting for corporate and festive events. Take a look at what we have to offer for your business meetings and family outings. The Open Air Museum is also a wonderful place to hold your wedding.

Is the museum fun when it’s raining too?

Most certainly! We have around forty historic buildings that you can also enter to see from the inside. The historic tram will transport you, warm and dry, around the extensive park. You can also spend hours under cover looking at the presentation in the Van Gend & Loos goods shed, watching our play in the farmhouse from Beerta and exploring the museum’s repository ‘Spaarstation Dingenliefde’. So there is plenty to do, even if the weather stays wet for a while.