About us

EXARC is an affiliated organisation to ICOM, the International Council of Museums.
We represent archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology in the international museum circles.

EXARC is the international organisation of Archaeological Open-Air Museums (AOAM) and Experimental Archaeology. EXARC is a network of professionals, those in archaeological open-air museums as well as in experimental archaeology. We exchange experience, tips & tricks and best practice and are working on better quality for the people involved, their (experimental) work and archaeological open-air museums in general.

With members everywhere, we can ensure an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice. Themes cover not only public archaeology, experimental archaeology, skills, living history and interpretation, but also exchange of staff, dialogue with visitors, marketing & communication and of course museum management. Read more about Members.

EXARC JOURNAL (established 2004) is a discussion platform for the exchange of experience and information in all aspects of archaeological experiment, (re)construction, the use of models in education as well as live interpretation including ‘living history’. With EXARC JOURNAL we offer publication of your articles which are received by an international editorial board. We also offer our journal to advertise and reach many archaeological open-air museums as well as other readers across the globe. Read more about Journal.

EXARC EU Projects
EXARC members form a mutually supportive network. Small as well as large scale cooperation within the association are organised individually to ensure a better success. Since its beginning, EXARC has initiated a number of international projects, some of which were funded by the European Union. New ideas are developed continuously and are discussed by the members of EXARC. You can read about our present cooperation projects online.

As of 2012, the Dutch Tax Service (Belastingdienst) has granted to EXARC Cultural ANBI status. The Dutch abbreviation ANBI means Algemeen Nut Beogende Instellingen (Institution Aimed at the Common Good) refers to charitable, religious, humanistic, cultural and scientific institutions whose mission and operations are deemed by the Tax Service overwhelmingly to serve the Common Good.

The Dutch government implements a fiscal policy that encourages the donation of funds to causes that advance the Common Good. Apart from granting tax advantages to EXARC, ANBI status also favors EXARC's Sponsors, Contributors and Patrons in countries that grant tax concessions to foreign registered charities, as well as those based in the Netherlands. Sponsors, Contributors and Patrons who have made a donation to EXARC may be able to deduct the amount from taxable income.

For more see http://www.belastingdienst.nl/ (in Dutch)


EXARC is registered as a non-profit association, founded March 16th, 2003 at Lejre Land of Legends, Denmark. EXARC is registered in the Netherlands in the Register for Associations and Foundations of the Chamber of Commerce, district Brabant under number 17279629.