Open air museum Ellert & Brammert in Schoonoord

Ellert & Brammert in Schoonoord shows you the world of 2 giants in Drenthe. Like many regions in the world, Schoonoord and the surrounding Ellertsveld has its very own legend. It tells the story of giants Ellert and Brammert, father and son, who keep guard at the entrance of the park. Legend has it that these giants were far from friendly, as you can discover in this museum.

In the school of the museum the tale of Ellert and Brammert is regularly told by a volunteer.


The past of living in Drenthe

The school is just one of 26 buildings in the museum showing the history of living in Drenthe, starting with the most primitive housing: a turf cottage. Walking around you see the evolution of housing into the 20th century.
The entire museum is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs can be borrowed at the entrance if you need one. Also accessible restrooms are available.

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Toll house, forge and more

Not only the housing evolution is present in the museum, you can also find a toll house, saw mill and forge. Besides that an actual prison can be found here as well as a church, carpentry shop, small farm and 3 different exhibition buildings. The café-farmhouse is decorated in an authentic farmers’ inn style. In this cozy environment halfway through the museum you can take a break on the large terrace en enjoy a drink or (local) snack.

Old-fashioned candy in the almshouse

Your sweet tooth can be satisfied in the old-fashioned candy shop in the almshouse near the exit. Besides many sorts of typically Dutch candy a souvenir to bring home can be bought at the shop.


Throughout the museum you will find enthousiastic volunteers manning the different sights and exhibitions. They offer several demonstrations like spinning sheep’s or alpaca wool into the most wonderful creations, which can be purchased as well.