Family exhibit ‘Wonder years ’50s and ’60s’ at Museum of the 20th Century

Family exhibit ‘Wonder years ’50s and ’60s’ at Museum of the 20th Century

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Watching black and white films on Sunday afternoons in a little hall next to church and going to the beach wearing woollen swimming trunks that itched like crazy. Discover what it was like to grow up as child in the Netherlands in the '50s and '60s.

The nineteen fifties and sixties mark post-war Netherlands, a time of many changes and innovations. And for many a time of good memories. Growing up during these years is the starting point for the new family exhibition in the Museum of the 20th Century called ‘Wonder years ’50s and ’60s’. Relive the wonder years from January 30th 2016 in the Museum of the 20th Century.

What was is like to grow up in the fifties and sixties? Rebuilding the country from the devastation of World War II was Holland’s primary goal. Many things changed during these years. In this exhibition, you take a (free) AudioTour and listen (in Dutch) to the highly entertaining childhood memories of Frank Groothof, a well-known actor. The memories told by Frank Groothof will be easily recognizable for everyone that grew up during these years.

Hundreds of objects will accompany the AudioTour, along with beautiful pictures and period rooms. This will give you a great insight in how life was like during these post-war days. The moment you enter the exhibition rooms, you think that you have left 2016 and have entered Holland in the fifties and sixties. You can listen to a record in a record store. You can check out the ‘latest’ televisions and radios. Or pick the best toys from a toy shop. You can just step into a 1950’s living room and make yourself comfortable in an easy chair.

The many objects and period rooms will be a ‘feast of recognition’ (the museum’s slogan). However, even visitors who did not have the pleasure of growing up in these ‘wonder years’, will find this exhibition very interesting. Come… step back in time and live or relive these wonder years!

Date & Time:
The exhibition ‘Wonder years, ’50s and ‘’60s’ can be seen from 30 January till 2 October in the Museum of the 20th Century in Hoorn. The Museum's opening hours are:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00

Museum of the 20th Century (Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw)
Krententuin 24 (Oostereiland)
1621 DG  Hoorn

Tel.: 0229 - 214 001

Entrance tickets to the museum are EUR 8 for adults and EUR 3.50 for children between the ages of 4 and 16 years old.
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Photo & text credit: Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw.

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