Netherlands Open-Air Museum and National Heritage Museum, Arnhem

4.4
#1 of 43 in Museums in Gelderland Province
History Museum Museum
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. To visit Netherlands Open-Air Museum and National Heritage Museum and get the most from your holiday in Arnhem, create itinerary details personal to you using our Arnhem tourist route planner.
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  • It was now the third time that we were here. What is a landscaped park. Well maintained and helpful. Top day!
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  • A day of open air museum with the grandchildren (5 and 8) was already on the schedule, but now it finally came by. Interestingly, the children especially are fond of doing things and the play area, where it was very muddy. The old farms and cottages are fun for grandpas and grandmas, but found little to the grandchildren. Also a ride with the old trams Rotterdam is fun. All in all a fun day, but an amusement park on the kids definitely more impression. The open air museum is more something for adults, be sure the years 50, 60 and 70 much in cottage. And then it is definitely worth it.
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  • In the open air museum is a lot to see and a lot to do for children. Various theme "s in the old buildings have been very educational for everyone and the atmosphere is also very cozy. There are also many animals around and there are nice people who explain old trades. Take the tram around the grounds is a must.
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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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