The crisis years 1929-1940

The autumn of 1929 marked the start of a global economic crash. Share prices tumbled, companies went bankrupt and closed their doors, leaving their staff unemployed, while the Dutch government failed to stimulate the economy. The number of Dutch people out of work rose from 125,000 in 1928 to 160,000 in 1929, 282,000 in 1931 and 594,000 in 1935.

Bee species

The apiary is from the town of Gemert. In addition to the bees that live in colonies inside the hives, you will also come across wild bees at the museum.
The Hairy-Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes)
The Hairy-Footed Flower Bee is a solitary bee that builds its nests in steep walls of loam, marl or sand. For the bee, the marl and loam wall of our Limburg farmhouse provides just such a nesting site. This species of bee can be seen flying around the farmhouse from Krawinkel from the end of February through to May.

Trail: unresolved cases

Unresolved cases is a trail during which you try to solve five crimes from the past – crimes that actually happened. You will use the TOURtoDO app on your smartphone to help you. TOURtoDO can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Play Store. Enter ‘1759’ as the code to load the trail.

The various cases are spread over five different areas of the museum park. As you follow the trail you will look for instructions and will get to know the museum and its presentations in an entertaining way.

Trails: Collections

The Collections trail starts at the Spaarstation Dingenliefde (Collector’s Paradise) exhibition. It then takes in a number of the museum’s collections. For example, you will find out how people collected things after the Second World War. We are not only talking about objects here, but stories too. How do you make sure that everything is preserved for future generations? This is a trail that will lead you through a colourful collection! A children’s trail and an adults’ trail are available.

The trail takes 40 to 60 minutes.

Trails: footsteps

During the “Footsteps 1” and “Footsteps 2” trails you and your children will follow in our ancestors’ footsteps and will find out more in a fun way about what life was like in days gone by. What happened when there was a birth, marriage or death? Customs and rituals from different regions and eras are explained.

These trails take 60 to 90 minutes.


Take part in a tour of the museum park. Our enthusiastic and expert guides will tell you all there is to know about our historic buildings and the lives of the people who lived in them. These tours are free for visitors and there is no need to register. 


During the winter the guide will focus in particular on winter themes, such as Christmas traditions in the Netherlands, living with the cold and festive dishes. Great for adults and families with older children