Refuge for evacuees

When the city of Arnhem was evacuated on 24 September 1944 following Operation Market Garden, around 600 people took refuge at the Open Air Museum. This meant that, although the museum was closed, there were people living on the site.



‘Boeldag’ is a word used in the northern Netherlands for a public auction. If a person decided to sell some or all of his assets, a ‘boeldag’ would be organised with the assistance of a notary.


All the items and the livestock were divided up into lots. The notary would place an announcement in the regional newspapers indicating the location, date and time of the auction. This would also list the items to be sold.