3,000 years of life and labour

Man and landscape through the ages

The region west of the city of Utrecht is among the most intensively studied by archaeologists in this country, and the results of their excavations paint a fascinating picture of ‘3,000 Years of Life and Labour’ in the central part of the Netherlands. Several of the most remarkable finds and episodes from that history are exhibited at the museum. Together, the displays clearly trace the intensification of land use by successive generations of inhabitants.

The exhibition starts with an overview of basic archaeological techniques. Armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to dig down into the past, aided by a timeline that groups major and minor events in Leidsche Rijn, the Netherlands and Europe alongside each other. Next, a 360-degree film immerses you in the development of this region, from its beginnings in the Bronze Age to the present day. From there, you can delve deeper into the main themes of the ‘Life Cycle of the Landscape’ in six presentation clusters, set against a backdrop of wall displays showcasing material culture down the ages.