Discover the history in the landscape


An impressive 200 years of history can be found in the Frederiksoord, Wilhelminaoord, Willemsoord and Boschoord areas. You will recognise the landscape features of a grand ideal. Landscape structures, dozens of monuments and colony farms have been preserved for prosperity

There’s a whole new world out there to discover whilst walking and cycling


There are a multitude of walking and cycling routes, starting from the museum, which will invite you to find the special historical legacy in the landscape. Go on a voyage of discovery and see the colony houses, the colony church, the basket makers, the forestry school and the horticultural school.

Tourist Info Point 


A Tourist Info Point is located in the museum. We would gladly provide you with advice regarding the best routes, attractions and places of interest in the surrounding area.

Stay in a Benevolent Retreat


The Colonies of Benevolence can offer plenty of attractive and unique accommodations for a wonderful stay. You can explore the amazing surroundings from a fantastic hotel or B&B. The area is well known for its beautiful nature, in addition to the extraordinary cultural-historical legacy. An impressive 3 National Parks (Drents-Friese Wold, Dwingelderveld and Weerribben-Wieden) surround the Free Colonies. Genuinely a region where culture and nature meet.


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