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Madurodam Miniature City

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Containing a selection of Dutch architecture, from Amsterdam's canals and churches, to modern architecture from Rotterdam and the Parliament buildings of The Hague. Madurodam even has an airport, beaches, windmills and little cars and trains running through the entire town. It's a great attraction for kids and not only.

Madurodam was officially opened on 2 July 1952 and has been visited by millions of visitors since then. The park was established in the memory of George Maduro, a member of the Dutch resistance, who died in 1945. He posthumously received the Military Order of William I, the highest and oldest honor in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mr. and Mrs. Maduro decided they wanted to do something in honor of their son and instead of erecting a typical monument, they donated money for the construction of this miniature city.

The design of the city is the same as in 1952, but several old buildings are replaced each year with new ones.

The park is open daily from 9AM-6PM. July and August from 9AM to 10PM. Entrance fee: €14.50 for adults, €10.50 for children.

Exhibition Pluk in Madurodam

19 May - 5 September 2010

Madurodam will present an exhibition on Pluk van de Petteflet, the main character from one of the most famous books by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp. The opening of this exhibition will coincide with the Annie M.G. Schmidt Week 2010, the theme of which is Pluk van de Petteflet.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday 19 May to Sunday 5 September 2010. In the exhibition hall, children will be able to learn all about the stories and illustrations from Pluk van de Petteflet and Pluk redt de dieren and experience the world through Pluk's eyes. The exhibition has been made possible thanks to a partnership with Querido Publishers, Fiep Amsterdam bv; Fiep Westendorp Illustrations and Annie M.G. Schmidt's heirs.

Pluk van de Petteflet

The story of Pluk, one of Annie M.G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp's most well-known creations, was first published in 1968 as a serial in the ladies' magazine Margriet. In 1971, it was published in book form as Pluk van de Petteflet. The adventures of Pluk in his tow truck have been translated into more than 20 languages and were made into a successful film in 2003. Since 1971, over one million copies of Pluk van de Petteflet have been sold.

Annie M.G. Schmidt

Annie M.G. Schmidt (1911 - 1995) won fame in the Netherlands with children's book such as Jip and Janneke, Pluk van de Petteflet and Floddertje; in addition to her complete works of children's poems, plays, musicals and radio and television dramas. Generations of Dutch people have grown up reading her poetry and stories, as a result of which her work now forms parts of the collective memory of the post-war Netherlands.

Fiep Westendorp

Annie M.G. Schmidt's most famous children's books were illustrated by Fiep Westendorp (1916 - 2004) and these illustrations are inextricably linked with the books. During a career spanning more than 60 years, Fiep Westendorp made over 8000 illustrations for children's books, books from other genres, newspapers, magazines and advertising.

‘Pluk in Madurodam’ exhibition opening times

The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.

Admission Fees* Groups > 20 Individuals Children 0-2 years free free Children 3-11 years € 7,25 € 10,50 Adults € 10,25 € 14,50 65+ € 10,25 € 13,50

  • no extra charge is made for the exhibition

P €6,50 P coaches free

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