Why is there not a general smoking ban?

As part of the Club van Elf (Dutch association of visitor attractions) the Open Air Museum aims to be a place where everyone can escape the stresses of everyday life – a natural environment in which the whole family feels at home. Some of the 21 million people who visit the Club van Elf attractions every year like to enjoy a cigarette on their day out. As long as other visitors are not inconvenienced, we do not want to stop them from smoking, although we do ask them to show consideration for other visitors. That is something we ask of all our visitors, however.


Nevertheless, there are a number of locations within the museum park where smoking is prohibited, such as the Children’s Activity Farmyard and the playground. These locations are indicated by signs, next to which are bins for disposing of cigarettes that have already been lit.