Learning: Take a Step Back in Time to the Old Country.

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  • "If you want a great combination of vintage items, creative fun, and a learning experience, you should take your family here!"

    - Rebekah from Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan is a Touch of Real Holland

    A day at Dutch Village means a day learning about the culture and history of the Netherlands. Your family will love the bits of daily life presented around our park.

    Hardewyk Chapel & Wedding Wagon

    Originally a wayside chapel for vacationers & maintained by Hardewyk Church, it was donated to Nelis' Dutch Village in the 1970s. The Dutch wedding wagon was used by the wedding party to ride to the church and city hall.

    De Gouden Engel - The Golden Angel Street Organ

    This spectacular Amsterdam street organ has been entertaining crowds since 1880. Learn how street organs were played without electricity.
    Demonstrations: At times listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Dutch Dancers and Dutch Dance Lessons

    Watch our dancers, dressed in costumes of the Netherlands, perform folk dances to the tunes of our Golden Angel Street Organ. Visitors are invited to learn some easy folk dances. It's fun.
    Performances: At times listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Old Dutch Cheese Making

    See farm house cheese made using old world equipment. From cow’s milk to finished cheese wheel, you can see it all.
    Demonstration times are listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Frisian Farmhouse & Barn

    Visit a house filled with amenities of a typical home, with beds built into cupboards, wooden shoes lined up at the door, and food in the pantry. The barn is attached to the house and is filled with our petting zoo animals. In the olden days, the heat of the animals in the barn helped keep the house warm. The barn also protected the animals from thieves. Stop in and experience some old Dutch traditions.

    Kolean Museum - Antique Costumes and Dutch Village History

    Everyday and special events costumes are displayed along with equipment used to farm tulips. Read the history of the founding Nelis family's tulip farm.
    Presentations: At times listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Waaggebouw - reproduction of the Weighhouse in Oudewater, Netherland

    A 17th century weighhouse which measured commodities and was used to prove guilt or innocence of witchcraft during a brief period of history.
    Demonstration times are listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Delftware Making Demonstration - part of Delphine Sanger pavilion

    The history of the ceramics dates back over 400 years.. You can learn about the 11 step process for turning clay into the beautiful hand-made Dutch delftware pottery. We'll also show you the significance of the factory marks on the pieces and how to identify a high quality antique from a cheap knock-off souvenir.

    Wooden Shoe Carving

    Making the chips fly while using antique hand tools and antique automated machines, our wooden shoe carver will shape a block of wood into a shoe. You will also learn about wooden shoes in the history of Holland.
    Several demonstrations daily in season. Times are listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Old Schoolhouse

    In our Old Dutch Schoolhouse, senior visitors can revisit the days of the one-room schoolhouse and reminisce about time gone by. You'll also have a chance to learn a few Dutch words, taught by our own Dutch Dancers.

    Tulip Farm Exhibit

    The Nelis Tulip Farm exhibit features antique tulip bulb machinery and provides a history stretching back over 90 years for this family business.

    Bioscoop - Movie Theater

    Start your visit to Dutch Village by enjoying the film A Souvenir of Holland which will give you a general overview of the Netherlands. Other documentaries shown throughout the day.
    Showtimes: At times listed in visitors' daily guide.

    Holland House Candles - handcarved while you watch!

    Watch as wax crafters dip and carve simple candles, transforming them into works of art. This is consistently one of our most popular attractions with the adults in your family or group.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is included with admission to Dutch Village?

    All presentations, demonstrations, petting zoo and rides are included with your admission. The only additional fees you'll pay are for merchandise and food.

    Is Dutch Village just for kids?

    No, we have activities and presentations for all ages. Everyone that visits the village will enjoy learning about what life was like in the Netherlands over 150 years ago.

    Do I have to pay for admission if I just want to shop?

    No, our gift shops and cafe are located ouside of the village area. Once a guest has paid admission their hand is stamped so they may enter and exit the village to visit the shops and cafe as often as they would like that day.