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Purchasing Museumkaart at Arnhem Open Air Museum

In early July, my family will be driving from the Rhine to the Netherlands, ending our trip with 5 nights based in Haarlem. On our way there, we were hoping to visit the Arnhem Open Air Museum. My husband and I are thinking that the museumkaart would be a great value (probably not for our young kids since they get into many museums free or at discount), but I am wondering if the museumkaart can be purchased at the Arnhem Open Air Museum instead of at the museums that are suggested in Amsterdam. Thank you for any advice!

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According the museumkaart website there is a selling point at the Open Air Museum of Arnhem, annoingly it is only in Dutch. The website of the Open air Museum says nothing about a selling point, in case no one else can confirm there is one you can fill in this contact form: http://www.openairmuseum.nl/about-us/contact/

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Anne, they did have counters to purchase the museumkaarts inside. The cards are good for 31 days. One problem I ran into was buying the card earlier than I wanted to use it. Last year that was fine, this year not fine.

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Thank you both for your help! I did fill out that contact form that Will provided a link to. I will let you know what I hear back from them.

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You can, but it is only mentioned on the Dutch-language pages. As a foreigner you're apparently not supposed to be interested in the Museumkaart.

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Museumkaart is valid for one year, and cost € 60. Under-18 Museumkaart are sold for € 33. Source: https://www.museumkaart.nl/kopen

There is no restriction on foreigners buying a Museumkaart. However, the product is marketed for the Dutch domestic market. You will often find no information on English-version pages of Dutch museums regarding admission prices for Museumkaart or local school passes.

You can fin information about all musea where it is accepted on the Museumkaart page itself, though!

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Just a quick follow-up to Andre's post. When a foreigner buys a Museumkaart, it is only good for 31 days unless he/she has a permanent address in the Netherlands. The card is usually worth it if you plan to see five or more museums in the Netherlands, but you should do the math to make sure. The good news is that most public museums are covered by the card, including the excellent Mauritshuis in the Hague (which used to be outside the card's coverage).

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I had to check that myself. Actually, the restriction is that the 1-year card must be bought online through a system only available for those with Dutch bank accounts. In this case you also submit a small photo that is printed in your cart. Before that, you could buy it also on spot and have your name manually written (no photo back then).

It is still an interesting product for museum lovers. Something that is often vastly overlooked by tourists are temporary exhibitions and other activities in museums that you can access with the card.