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Eindhoven Museum (NL)
1981, in Eindhoven, a group of teachers got the idea of reconstructing a farm where children would be taught in prehistoric themes. “Learning by doing by yourself” was the starting point. Since that moment, it has developed into anof 2 hectares with about 20,000 schoolchildren and 40,000 tourists visiting annually.
In the first fifteen years, the museum slowly developed form one single shed into a small village with two farms and a smithy as core with many small buildings around as well as haystacks and herbal gardens. Originally, HOME was very much focussed on school children. In the late 1980s, attention shifted towards , although is still a very strong point.
2002, with European STIMULUS support a new medieval area was added with 4 larger houses and some amenities. In the same time, professionalization started: a restaurant was added besides different other secondary services. The museum has many employees as well as a large group of volunteers.
The museum “serves” schools as far away as Dutch speaking Belgium, partly because there are no of this kind there. The programmes offered have a clear link with the curriculum, and do not only contribute to the history lessons.
The museum is open for tourists between April and October, in Winter time on Sundays. Mondays to Fridays, focus is on education groups, weekends and holidays are targeted on tourists. There is one per month, themed with Romans, a Medieval Fair, a Viking Market et cetera. There are no audio guides available; information is in a paper guide, a guided tour and available from actors on the given dates. The museum has an extensive website with information about Iron Age and Medieval themes.
In 2011, the local showcase museum, Kempenland, was merged with the , although still on separate locations.
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