The museum park Archeon in Alphen aan den Rijn (Netherlands; satellite photo) is always worth a visit. It contains many reconstructions of Dutch buildings from Prehistory, Antiquity, and Middle Ages. The first photo shows a 1:1 reconstruction of the mansio (inn) near the base of the Tenth legion Gemina at Ulpia Noviomagus/Nijmegen.
When it was opened in 1994, the park was intended to do archaeological research, which would be financed from the proceeds of the visits, but this turned out to be too optimistic, and for one winter, Archeon was closed. The water pipes of the reconstructed bathhouse of Coriovallum/Heerlen (second photo) were damaged beyond repair, and it is now no longer possible to have a bath and a massage in that building – which used -among Dutch archaeologists- to be a favorite way to celebrate birthdays.
After this crisis, the park was reopened on a smaller scale (1997). Gone is the reconstructed farm of Rijswijk-De Bult, gone are the plans to rebuild an entire castellum; but still, you can visit a lot of reconstructions of buildings that once dominated the towns in the Netherlands, like the small temple that was excavated at Ceuclum/Cuijk (third photo). The Roman bridge at Cuijk, which used to be the entrance of the park, still exists, but is almost impossible to find.
The fourth photo shows the “Voorburghuis”, from the capital of the Cananefates, Forum Hadriani/Voorburg. There is a nice reconstructed potter’s kiln next to it, that is still used to make ceramics. The little arch and low wall on the fifth photo are the enclosure of the sacred precinct of Trajectum ad Mosam, modern Maastricht.
When we visited the museum park, it was a quiet day in spring. The children that can under normal circumstances produce more noise than you can imagine, were at school, and those who were at the park, enjoyed the gladiatoral contests. So, the photos I can present here are without twenty-first century additions. This is what the Netherlands must have looked like at the beginning of our era.