After 18 months of major renovation and modernisation work, the newly renovated DAF Museum in Eindhoven, Netherlands was recently opened.
The museum has a completely new entrance area, renovated restaurant, new gift shop and a brand new 1,100 m2 exhibition space.
The museum was opened at a ceremony by Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven of the Dutch royal family, in the presence of almost all 160 museum-volunteers.
“This fantastic expansion has given us even more space to better showroom the highlights of DAF’s rich history”, said Marc Van Doorne, president of the Friends of the DAF Museum Foundation and the grandson of DAF founder Hub Van Doorne. “It also means that we now have the ability to trace DAF’s history right through to the present day, allowing us to highlight the importance of modern transport as well as showcase the latest developments in the industry.”
DAF says its Eindhoven museum attracts close to 60,000 people per year, and hopes the newly renovated site can up that number to 80,000 per annum.
Professor van Vollenhoven arrived at the opening ceremony in a unique DAF Pony. Only 15 of these trucks were ever produced — one of which was owned by the Dutch royal family.