The Nederlands Watermuseum (Dutch Watermuseum) is an interactive museum. Where does our drinking water come from? How important are dikes and what exactly is ground water? The visitor discovers, through fun games and exciting activities in and around the museum, the importance of water; in daily life, in the Netherlands and around the world.
A watery history
The Nederlands Watermuseum is located, partly underground, in the beautiful Sonsbeek Park alongside the stream known as the ‘Jansbeek’. This water in this brook once powered no less then ten watermills, effectively forming the first business area of the young city of Arnhem. In 1912 the last miller was forced to retire and the mill was dismantled. The site was transformed into a fish farm, thanks (again) to the crystal clear water. For decades trouts and other fish were bred here – partly to feed the passengers of the transatlantic Holland-Amerika-lijn. Since 2004 the location hosts the Nederlands Watermuseum. The current water wheel generates renewable energy for the museum.
Education for schools
The Nederlands Watermuseum aims to increase water awareness among the broader public, with a special focus on children and youths. Therefore we have developed an extensive range of educational programs. Suitable for all levels within primary education, secondary education and special education. An educational program often includes a visit to the museum, accompanied by enthusiastic volunteers.