Museums in Arnhem
There are lots of museums in Arnhem. Take a look at the list below, pick something out or just start at the top and work your way down :).
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Visit Rozet // Heritage Center
Rozet // Heritage center The Rozet building is a must visit while in Arnhem. The building is free to access and a social hub for many Arnhemmers. On the -1 level you’ll find the heritage center. It might look not open but try the entrance and you’ll see that it (probably) is opened. The heritage center tells the story of Arnhem. The small fee free museum is packed with information about Arnhems rich history and present.
Make sure you also make your way to the top of the Rozet building. When the weather is nice the large balcony is open and you’ll have a nice view over Arnhem.
Visit Museum Arnhem
Museum Arnhem is Renewed! The museum can be found temporarily in De Kerk on Walburgisplein. The new, renovated museum will open in 2022.
Museum Arnhem is the museum for (inter-) national modern and contemporary art and design with a focus on the city of Arnhem. The high-quality collection contains realistic 20th-century art, contemporary jewelry, and design, with extra attention to non-Western art and work by female artists.
Visit the Eusebius Church
The Eusebius Church in Arnhem has dominated the skyline of the city of Arnhem for more than five centuries now and tells the history of the capital of the province of Gelderland from the Middle Ages until the Second World War and the post-war reconstruction. The Eusebius Church is both historical and contemporary and is frequently used for various activities and events.
Get fascinated by the history of the Eusebius Church. Discover the historical objects, the famous Strumphler-organ in the beautiful Church Hall and return to the year 1000 in the crypts. The unique panoramic elevator takes you past one of Europe’s largest and heaviest carillons up to 73 meters high, where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Arnhem and its surroundings. The Eusebius Church regularly organizes (temporary) exhibitions on the history of the Eusebius Church.
Recently the church added 2 glass balconies at 60 meters high so visitors can enjoy the beautiful Disney figures outside of the church walls. It’s not for the faint-hearted but makes for an extraordinary experience.
Visit the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum
The Dutch Open Air Museum in Arnhem captures the history of The Netherlands in authentic buildings, objects and true stories. It takes you on a journey through time, from two centuries ago to very recently. You will be short of eyes. The people of the museum seem to have run away from the past. Proud of their heritage, they inspire you with their stories.
Visit Burgers’ Zoo
A great place to visit while in Arnhem is Burgers’ Zoo. On March 31, 1913, Faisanterie Buitenlust, the forerunner of the current modern animal park Burgers’ Zoo, opens its doors to the public for the first time. Since its foundation by Johan Burgers, the first owner and the one who named the animal park in Arnhem, the park has always remained a real family business.
Royal Burgers’ Zoo is 45-hectare (110-acre) big and is one of the biggest zoos in the country. Not only can you see animals outdoors but the zoo also build beautiful indoor exhibits so animals can live in their ‘natural’ habitat. Take a look at the ‘Ocean’, ‘Desert’, ‘Bush’ and latest new building ‘Mangrove’.
Visit the Dutch Wine Museum
Wine culture and wine history is brought back to life in the Dutch Wine Museum in Arnhem. Visit this unique museum, it’s an experience for anyone who wants to know more about the history and future of wine. In the authentic wine cellars, you will discover more about the fascinating world of wine. Whether you are a wine expert or a lover, everyone is welcome to visit this unique museum. After a visit to the wine museum, you can enjoy a drink in the wine cafe ‘Le Jardin’. Discover, taste and enjoy! The Dutch Wine Museum is open on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Visit the Dutch Water Museum
In 1998, mr. H. van Brink created the idea for an information center on water, this later became the Dutch Water Museum. The Begijnenmolen, which has been located on the St. Jansbeek in Arnhem since 1404 and is a monumental attraction in Park Sonsbeek, seemed a suitable location for this.
The dilapidated mill was in urgent need of a major renovation. But just as the refurbishment got out of hand, the idea of the information center was born.
Van Brink noted that ‘there was no museum about fresh water throughout the Netherlands’ and soon a permanent exhibition was discussed. With the help of others, the idea quickly grew into the Dutch Water Museum.
“Clean, safe and sufficient water is not self-evident. Every day we work hard in the Netherlands to protect our country against flooding and to keep the freshwater supply in order. That does not happen by itself and affects us all.
That is why I think it is important that the water awareness of the Dutch person is increased – whether it concerns the risk of living below sea level or the value of economical water use. The Dutch Water Museum also contributes to this.
I think it is a very good example of how learning and experience go together.” (van Brink about the Dutch Water Museum.)
Visit the Arnhem War Museum ’40/’45
The Arnhem War Museum ’40/’45 first opened its doors to the public on 27 May 1994. What once started as a hobby, has now taken shape in a unique museum, both locally and regionally. At various places in the world war museums are located in which collections are housed that are aimed at specific periods or specific events of that time.
The Arnhem War Museum gives not only a general overview especially as accurate a picture as possible of what’s all happened in Arnhem area during the war. The purpose of this private museum is to keep the memory of this important episode in the history alive and to preserve a unique collection for posterity.
The collection was made possible by individuals who are in possession of unique materials. The museum regularly receives donations of such materials and articles from people who want their donation is exhibited with love and care for a wide audience.
These donations contribute to the survival of the museum and to increase knowledge about the war at all ages.
It often happens that people come to our museum or send an e-mail with pictures of various materials from this period.Not only from the Netherlands, Germany or England but also from other countries involved in World War II.
Visit Airborn Museum ‘Hartenstein’
As a knowledge center, the Airborne Museum tells the story of the Battle of Arnhem. It is a clear and qualitative total concept developed from a multi-perspective. One of the museum’s important goals is to make the story of the Battle of Arnhem personal and tangible.
Airborne Museum Hartenstein is a center for remembrance, a place where national and international visitors can reflect on the Battle of Arnhem and on the important role of this battle in World War II.
The Museum involves individuals, groups, and organizations in its activities. Among its important goals are public and financial binding, a knowledge database (research) and policy development with respect to both the material and immaterial collections. The museum works in accordance with the ‘Code of Cultural Governance’ and the museum standard in its business operations and its museum activities. The Airborne Museum strives to achieve a healthy mix of public core tasks and cultural entrepreneurship.
Near the Airborne Museum you can find the WW2 war cemetery with graves of mostly young souldiers who gave their lives for our freedom. A must visit while in Oosterbeek.
Visit Airborne at the Bridge
With its phenomenal view of the world-famous John Frost Bridge, Airborne at the Bridge tells its visitors the personal stories of the British lieutenant John Grayburn, the German Hauptsturmführer Viktor Eberhard Gräbner and the Dutch captain Jacob Groenewoud who fought and died here during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.
Airborne at the Bridge is free for all visitors. You can also buy a discount ticket here to the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ in Oosterbeek.
Visit Museum Bronbeek
Bronbeek Museum highlights colonial national history. The central focus is on the influence of the government on colonial society and the actions of the Royal Dutch East Indies Army (KNIL).
Twice a month the group Kusumo Budoyo plays the gamelan. You can attend these public rehearsals on Sundays. Ask in advance about the current date via (026) 376 35 55.