Open-air museums in the Netherlands, excursions in Holland

Open-air museums in the Netherlands, excursions in Holland

Open air museums in Holland

A Auflug in an open-air museum is interesting for both children and adults. In most of the museum villages there are not only all sorts of exciting things to see, you can often also experience traditional crafts in practice.

Houses, mills and entire farms were partially mined at their original location and rebuilt in the open-air museum. Historic furniture and authentic inventory make the experience perfect there. At least on some days, there will also be authentically dressed staff who bring back real life and work to the houses and workshops.

In the open-air museum De Zaanse Schans

Many open-air museums are only partially open in winter or even completely closed. The season usually begins in early April and ends in late October. More information about the opening times and the possibilities in winter can be found in the information of the respective museum.

De Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans, very close to Amsterdam, is probably the most famous and most visited open-air museum in the Netherlands. Tourists from all over the world come here by bus to visit the typical green wooden houses in the area and of course the windmills. Typical crafts such as a cheese dairy, a wood shoemaker and more can be found there. Of course, there are many souvenirs and all sorts of goodies. Some houses there are still regularly inhabited and can not be visited.

Although the Zaanse Schans is very touristy, a visit is still worthwhile. Preferably not on a summery weekend or as early as possible, otherwise it will be quite crowded there. A detour to the museum is also worthwhile.
You can find my report in the Nach-Holland-Blog under: Zaanse Schans, das "real" Holland.

  • Address: Schandsend 7, Zaandam
  • Opening hours: The area is freely accessible at all times, the information and the attractions are open from 9 am to 5 pm, many even from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Ticket prices: the area and some houses, crafts (cheese factory + clogs) and the mustard mill are free to access; for some windmills, the museum and special exhibitions admission is required. With the Zaanse Schans Card (€ 15, – Euro or € 10, – for children) you get discount on admission, souvenirs and parking, sometimes also free access (for example to the museum).
  • Dogs: yes, on a leash
  • Reachability: By car or bike, for example from Amsterdam; by bus No. 391 (Industrail Heritage Line) from Amsterdam CS main station (journey time 40 minutes, one way € 5, -); probably the most beautiful with the boat Zaanferry (mooring behind the train station) travel time scarce 2 hours, round trip € 15, – (online tickets via Tiqets).
  • Parking spot: 10 Euro

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum

The Openluchtmuseum near Arnhem is the largest open-air museum in the Netherlands. Around 80 buildings are spread over the large, partly wooded area. Even a historic tram makes its rounds and ensures that visitors get from A to B faster and more comfortably. In the houses, windmills, workshops and farms you can experience the life of the Netherlands in the last 350 years. Incredibly interesting, beautifully restored and on a very beautiful terrain with mature trees.

  • Address: Hoeferlaan 4, Arnhem
  • Opening hours: Mid-March to mid-January (December and January adjusted program and prices), daily from 10am to 5pm
  • Ticket prices: Adults and adolescents € 19, -, children (4 – 12 years) € 16, -; Online tickets with discount
  • Dogs: yes, on a leash
  • Reachability: By car via the A 12 (Oberhausen – Utrecht) exit no. 26 or by bus no. 3 or 8 from Arnhem
  • Parking spot: 7, – Euro


In Enkhuizen you will find this open-air museum, where life on the former Zuiderzee (the present IJsselmeer) is central. Historic buildings, a church, a fishing village and a harbor all belong to the Zuiderzee Museum. Historic shops and craftsmen can be discovered. The covered part of the museum hosts changing exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Address: Sluisweg 1, Enkhuizen (lobby and parking)
  • Opening hours: daily from 10am to 5pm, outdoor only from early April to late October
  • Ticket prices: In the summer season, adults and adolescents € 16, -, children (4 – 12 years) € 10, -, family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) € 42,50. In winter reduced prices. Online tickets with discount
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Reachability: From the car park or the station Enkhuizen by boat, the museum ferry, to the museum. From the train station you can also walk to the Zuiderzeemuseum in about 15 minutes, the way is signposted.
  • Parking spot: 5 euros

In the open-air museum Eynderhoof is also forged


Small and very beautiful open-air museum in the province of Limburg, near Roermond. In the historic buildings there is a lot to discover about the area and the typical crafts. There is a historic bakery where typical pastries, breads and cakes are baked. And next door delicious Appelstroop is produced and the beekeeper in the Eynderhoof provides fresh honey.

The report of my visit, of course, with photos, there are in the blog: Wonderful discoveries in the open-air museum Eynderhoof

  • Address: Milderspaat 1, Nederweert – Eind
  • Opening hours: From 1st April to 31st October, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm
  • Ticket prices: Adults and adolescents € 6.50, children (3 – 12 years) € 2.50
  • Dogs: yes, on a leash
  • Reachability: Parking for cars at the entrance, by bus no. 82 from Roermond or Weert
  • Parking spot: free

Openluchtmuseum Ootmarsum

Small but nice is the open-air museum in Ootmarsum. Here you can learn a lot about life in Twente about 100 years ago. 18 buildings and some animals are housed on the site, an interesting audio tour reveals much worth knowing.

  • Address: Commanderieplein 2, Ootmarsum
  • Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 5 pm, in winter (November to January) only on weekends 10 am to 4 pm
  • Ticket prices: Adults € 7, -, Children (10 – 16 years) € 6,-
  • Dogs: yes, on a leash
  • Reachability: by bus from Almelo or Oldenzaal
  • Parking spot: large free parking Stadsweide (public) near the entrance

An overview of which open-air museum is on the map below. The open-air museums are marked Blue, Amusement Parks Orange, Zoos Purple and Gardens Green. With a click on the marker you also get additional information and usually finds a link to the website.

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