Skip to main content

Face to face with the hunebed builders

Your visit to the Hunebed Centre begins with the museum exhibition about the hunebed builders or, as they are known to archaeologists, the people of the Funnel Beaker Culture. Let your imagination take you back more than 5,000 years and you will discover how our ancestors lived and how they worked on the land, what rituals they performed, and why and how they built the massive stone graves known as dolmens or hunebeds. The story is told through dioramas, films, games and display cases filled with ancient objects.

After viewing the exhibition, you can go outside and see a real hunebed, and marvel at how people could have built it over 4,000 years ago.

But before going outside, pick up a few free walking and cycling routes so that you can discover other places of interest in the Drenthe countryside.


In the grounds of the Hunebed Centre you will also discover a number of other highlights of Dutch history. The star attraction is of course the largest hunebed in the Netherlands (D27), which is 22.6 metres long. As the oldest monument in the Netherlands, it is understandable why hunebeds are the starting point for history lessons in Dutch schools.

Other attractions which should not be missed include the house of a family of hunebed builders; the fields where they grew their corn and other crops; the distinctive funnel-shaped beakers which they made and their polished axes.  Of course, there is much more to see inside and outside the Hunebed Centre, but these 5 highlights should not be missed.

Ancient Stories App

With this multimedia tour, you can listen to 200 stories as you walk around the site. Through videos, stories and old photos, you can learn even more about the prehistoric era. When you came in you will have received a code which you can use to open the app. In the exhibition you will find signs with numbers that correspond to the numbers in the app. In addition to the exhibition, you can also find more stories outside in the Prehistoric Park, the Boulder Garden and by the largest hunebed.

Expo Hondsrug UNESCO

Prehistoric park

Boulder Garden

The Hunebed Centre – at the heart of prehistory

The province of Drenthe is known as the most ancient part of the Netherlands. And a visit to the Hunebed Centre is the best way to learn more about the prehistoric world which once existed here.

Discover Drenthe at the Hunebed Centre. Watch the video to learn more.

The new exhibition received financial support from: