Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
Trip End Apr 15, 2009

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We picked mum up and headed out of the rain towards Arnhem. The Openluchtmuseum is a collection of old buildings from all over the Netherlands. They show life at different times from 300 years ago to the present and they range from the wealthy farmer to the peasant's turf hut.
There are also various trades shown and it is a working museum in that sense. There is a blacksmith and a weaver; an oil mill, a cheese dairy, as well as a brewery and a bakery amongst others. There are a number of windmills and old-fashioned shops. the shops line a square where there are mini penny-farthings and go-karts for the kids to play on, whilst the grown-ups have a coffee.

The kids had a great time. There are plenty of things for them to have a go on. They pulled themselves across a river on a ferry attached to a rope, getting somewhat wet in the process. They had a go at grinding coffee in one farmhouse. They milked a wooden cow, used a mangle, sat on a tractor and drove a fibreglass horse and cart. They negotiated a maze and tried out the playground.

At this point the wet weather we'd left behind started to catch up with us so we caught the circular tram (at a gnome-infested station) that took us back to the entrance. We'd spent five hours there and not seen it all. I was pretty tired, let alone the kids.
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