About us

National History Month

The annual National History Month, October 2023 for the twentieth time, is proudly presented by the Dutch Open Air Museum. In 2012, the museum began coordinating the event and the network, aiming to fulfil a leading role in the national field of history. Doing so, The Dutch Open Air Museum creates a ‘history buzz’.


  • Having a leading role in the national field of history, both in and outside the museum
  • Connecting the field: tangible/ intangible heritage, local history to (inter)national history
  • Inspiring people to understand society through learning about history
  • Revealing history in all its shapes

Our endeavour is highlighted by our slogan – “Discover the past, understand the present”.

What it is

  • Largest history event in the Netherlands
  • Hundreds of special themed activities. 2023: Eureka!.
  • Several partners - from national broadcasters to sector associations
  • Hundreds of participating cultural organizations and libraries
  • Special history programs on television, radio and on the internet
  • Hundreds of book stores selling an essay dedicated to the year’s theme

Results 2022

  • Brand awareness: 48% of Dutch population
  • Reach: 620.000 visitors (2022)
  • Media value (online, radio and television): 2.3 million euros

Contact information

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Dutch Open Air Museum)
PO BOX 649, 6800 AP Arnhem
Hoeferlaan 4, 6816 SG Arnhem
T +31 (0) 26 20 06 505
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