About us

National History Month

The annual National History Month, October 2019 for the sixteenth 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
  • About 800 special themed activities. 2016: Borders
  • 45 partners - from national broadcasters to sector associations
  • Over 500 participating cultural organizations and 400 libraries
  • Special history programs on television, radio and on the internet
  • About 400 book stores selling an essay dedicated to the year’s theme


  • Brand awareness: 25% of Dutch population
  • Reach: 400.000 visitors to 800 activities
  • Online reach: 80.000 visitors to corporate website
  • Media value (print): 1.2 million euros

Get an impression at our Flickr page

Contact information

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Dutch Open Air Museum)
PO BOX 649, 6800 AP Arnhem
Hoeferlaan 4, 6816 SG Arnhem
T +31 (0) 26 3576282
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