Netherlands Open-Air Museum and National Heritage Museum, Arnhem

Among an array of antique houses, farms, and factories at Netherlands Open-Air Museum and National Heritage Museum, learn about life and work in the Netherlands. You'll have a chance to see how beer is brewed and take in the flavors and smells of the historic Netherlands. Located in a 44 hectare (109 acre) landscaped park, the museum features lakes, gardens, and open meadows with cattle grazing. Find out how paper and linseed were once produced, and have some typical Dutch poffertjes--tiny sweet pancakes--from a stall. Children can have fun at numerous play sites that will also take them back to the dawn of the 20th century. Add Netherlands Open-Air Museum and National Heritage Museum to your Arnhem travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Arnhem visit planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    What a great experience for young and old. all open air with some indoor activities, for large and small very educational as a piece of national history.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Initially, very interesting, but then begins to bother walking home and read all labels. It is worth to schedule a visit for the whole day to leisurely walk, dine there and walk. Morning in distant parts of the Park almost unoccupied, recommend to go by tram directly in the opposite end.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Wonderful! Who goes to the Netherlands cannot fail to meet this open-air museum. He tells the whole story of the Dutch people, reproducing the houses at a time. You will spend one day road in this Museum!
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  • May 26, 2017
    The museum was a perfect global experience of the Netherlands for my foreign guests. Unfortunately, the welcoming at the entrance was really bad. I asked the lady at the entrance - the lady was sitting on a bench, with sunglasses on her face and a phone in her hand (she was personnel of the museum)-how I could enter the museum. It was a very logic question in my opinion, since the cash desk seemed to be closed; the blinds were pulled down after all. She replied in a very verbal aggressive (loud/she lifted her voice) that; I need to buy tickets, duh! It was really rude and unpleasant. I didn't even know that I could go inside that building.. to buy tickets. It was inconvenient for me. The museum-visit itself was perfect, just the welcoming/hospitality sucked at the entrance. Do something about it!
  • April 24, 2017
    This place really shows you the past of the Netherlands. When we arrived we were cheerfully greeted by the staff of the museum. You can really see the different types of architecture from the past. Some of the old school stores were nice to see and even the smells were authentic. There is plenty of parking and it is also very reachable by public transport. We really enjoyed our visit!
  • June 9, 2017
    This is one great Dutch culture museum to visit. It is showing you Dutch life in last century. You can even ride on a tram to travel around the whole museum. You will see Dutch football, train station, trams, farm houses, beer factory, cheese factory, iron smith, carpenter for building boat, etc. Parents can teach their kids here about culture because it is not solely a playground at all. Kids of tourists should respect museum items because I found that they didn't!
  • April 26, 2017
    From windmills to old town of Amsterdam, everything you will find in one compound. Don't miss the tram ride. There will be some lottery sellers in front of booking counter. Be aware of them!
  • April 18, 2017
    Gives a good idea of life in the Netherlands in the past. And a lot of nice games for kids. Sometimes there is Smuggling game going on and that is very very nice. Inquire up front if the game is played.

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Where to stay in Arnhem

Although many visitors to Arnhem end up choosing a centrally located hotel near the main train station, you can find plenty of equally comfortable rooms farther away from this busy part of town. For easy access to the surrounding countryside, check out the guesthouses and self-catering apartments on the outskirts of town, where you can get a quiet night's sleep and take advantage of free parking. Alternatively, visit Arnhem from the nearby city of Nijmegen, which offers a greater variety of mid-range hotels and family-run inns.
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