Netherlands National Heritage
Open Air Museum at Arnheim
Our Living History Group visited the Netherlands National Heritage Open Air Museum at Arnheim together with our friends from Holland's Interbellum Club. This joint visit marked the sixth time we have enjoyed this opportunity to celebrate "Nieuwjaarsborrel" together, so it has become an accustomed and enjoyable way to "ring in" the New Year with homely tradition.
The rainy weather did not dampen our spirits, although we had to arm ourselves with umbrellas. Everyone engaged in the many popular and familiar activities at the museum grounds. This included the historic trolley ride and a relaxing visit to the well-stocked grocery store of antique times. We also made sure to see the many new attractions which the museum offered.
The exciting exhibitions always contain a wondrous array of everyday objects that splendidly displayed long with well-presented information. These ranged from antique skates (see picture) and historic wrapping paper to vintage wallpaper and rare bakery wares. The museum has also added many new collectibles such as unique dolls, interesting medical curiosities like wheelchairs, some carriages and other notable commodities from olden days.
Unfortunately, the hours of delightful discovery among the many showcased items passed very quickly, and it was dark by the time we departed the museum. Our group was pleased to meet a number of new people with like interests, whom we look forward to corresponding with and perhaps seeing again at future historic and reenactment events.