Immerse yourself in nostalgia. The interiors of the homes from the 1950s and 1970s bring memories flooding back.

At the shipyard people are hard at work. The boats you can see in the water here were built at this shipyard.

The years that followed the Second World War saw rapid growth in the number of Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands.

In the Moluccan barracks the cases are packed. The people living there are ready to return home at any time.

At the museum brewery we brew fantastic beer. Come and sample our seasonal beer and find out all there is to know about the taste and aroma of beer and the ingredients that go into it.
Come and see how our ‘village blacksmith’ shapes the metal on the anvil using his heavy hammer.
The baker will show you how bread is baked. You will smell the wonderful aroma long before you get there.
Why walk when you can take the tram? See the museum park the easy way! Our historic trams will keep you warm and dry as you travel around.
On the children’s activity farmyard you can try your hand at jobs that were once commonplace on a farm, such as pumping water and carrying buckets on a yoke.
At the farmhouse from Staphorst there are animals in the stall. You will find a cow in the deep-litter stall, a type of stall in which the old dung is left to build up.
In the farmhouse from Kadoelen the eldest daughter cannot sleep. Watch the short film about poverty and begging.
At the children’s activity farmyard you can learn to knit using wool from the museum’s own sheep. This wool has been dyed using plants from the herb garden.

In the 1980s winter sports were affordable and accessible for all.


The weaving team creates all kinds of colourful textile products for the Open Air Museum.

Moluccans who came to the Netherlands were likened to birds in a cage by their families in the Moluccas.

In the ‘cheese-cover farmhouse’ you will hear the compelling winter’s tale about fog.

How cold would it have been inside a peat cabin during the harsh winter of 1890? Try to imagine what it was like.

Step into the summer house and listen to Afro-Caribbean stories about the spider Anansi.

Pieces of cardboard laid out on the ground as insulation, a warm coat and a sleeping bag – Chahid and Peter use these items to make a place to slee

In his horse-driven mill the miller presses oil from linseed. A “virtual horse” demonstrates how the horse once drove this mill.