In 1912 a group of private individuals who were concerned aboutincreasing industrialisation and urbanisation threatening theNetherlands' rich heritage of traditions and regional diversity set upthe ‘Netherlands Open Air Museum Association’ in Arnhem. Thefounders leased the Waterberg estate from the city of Arnhem andtransferred six buildings to the grounds. The Netherlands Open AirMuseum opened its doors to the public on 13 July 1918.
The Netherlands Open Air Museum is a national museum focusing on theculture associated with the everyday lives of ordinary people.
In May 2005 the Open Air Museum was awarded the title of European Museum of the Year!
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