“Dad, how many centuries are there between the past and now?”
My son was writing his report about our visit to the Open Air Museum (in Dutch: OpenLucht Museum). He wants to start his own blog about Holland (yes I know, he is only 8) and he was trying to figure out what Old Dutch style really means.
The Open Air Museum in Arnhem, the Netherlands, is all about the Old Dutch style. In short: it’s an overview of authentic buildings, objects and true stories from the old days. The museum really bring the past of the Netherlands to life.
Netherlands Open Air Museum
As the museum very well describes, it’s a journey through the last two hundred years of our small country. The great thing: it’s a combination of buildings and objects from different parts of the country, both city and rural areas. It’s really Holland in just one day (and not only the past, also the present).
‘Open Lucht’ is Dutch for Open Air. This is the Dutch or Netherlands Open Air Museum where you can walk around and check out old dutch farm houses, cottages, a brewery, old churches, Amsterdam canal houses, windmills, and much more!
Our kids became fascinated by the old dutch houses and traditions: making wooden shoes, extracting oil from seeds in a real oil mill. We also watched flax production, brewing beer, paper production and much more.
One of the historical farms was moved to the museum 10 years ago. The government decided to build a new high-speed rail track and some farms had to be sacrificed. Not this one. This one has monumental value so they cut the farm in 4 big pieces and rebuild it at the Museum grounds. This is how we are safeguarding our history!
If you don’t like walking, take the electric tram! They drive around the park and (for all you tram lovers out there) the museum’s showpiece is the GETA 76, a replica of an Arnhem tram from 1929!
Don’t forget to visit the HollandRama, a cinematic experience where you are given a real view of the interior of historical buildings and the way Dutch people lived. If you want to have a quick overview of what Holland looks looked like, please do visit the Open Air museum in Arnhem. An average visit will last around 4 hours.
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