Winter at the Open Air Museum
The leaves have fallen from the trees and the weather is turning colder: winter is just around the corner. From 9 December to 21 January visitors to the Open Air Museum can experience winter as it was in days gone by! Find out what the Open Air Museum has to offer, inside and outside, during this colourful season. Have fun gliding around our skating rink, stack wood during the Landleven Winter (Winter Country Life) event, discover the Canon of Dutch History and keep the cold at bay with a warming mug of hot chocolate and delicious pancakes. Enjoy a wonderful, traditional winter’s day at the Open Air Museum.
On this page you will find more information about our winter programme, which runs from 9 December 2017 to 21 January 2018.* Download your map now and see what activities you can get involved in at the museum!
* Attention: We are closed on the 25th of December and the 1st of January.
Enjoy skating and snow tubing or bake bread rolls over a crackling wood fire. In winter there is plenty to do at the Open Air Museum.
Various exhibitions in the museum park give you an insight into how people made it through the winter and what life was like at this time of year. The themes covered include the use of lamps and cod-liver oil, homelessness, knitting for soldiers during the First World War and the situation faced by the Moluccans, who had to adapt to the cold Dutch climate.
Top 5 children's activities
Over the winter season we will once again be organising a programme of concerts for you to enjoy at the Open Air Museum. Listen to performances by various choirs, bands and singing groups in the little Zeeland church or on the Zaan Square.
Have fun gliding around our skating rink, enjoy some delicious mulled wine and warm yourself up with a cup of steaming-hot pea soup. On 16 and 17 December 2017 Landleven Winter, the Netherlands’ hottest winter event, will be taking place at the Holland Open Air Museum.
Interested to find out what there will be to see and do on the day of your visit? Take a look at our events calendar!
Do you want to celebrate winter, all snug and cosy, in an unforgettable location? You can at the Holland Open Air Museum! Our 'enjoy winter' package offers you all kinds of options and we will be happy to work with you to make your visit extra special.
Canon of Dutch History
Is the museum park getting to cold for you? Step inside the Canon of Dutch History via the entrance building. An impressive presentation which displays the 50 most important persons and events in Dutch history.
On this winter map the buildings that are open are highlighted in orange. In winter you can follow the illuminated route through the atmospheric museum park.