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The RheijnLand.Xperiences project involved a more than three-year cooperation (2017-2020) between the IT and media departments of two universities of applied sciences, the two leading tourism offices in the region and eight museums: four from the Kreis Kleve and Kreis Wesel and four from the province of Gelderland.

The goal was to enhance innovation, cooperation and regional cultural promotion by the museums in the border region. The museums planned to tell the common history of the border region. They did so by using cross-border themes such as ‘the Romans’, ‘Dukes and Counts’ and ‘Worldwar II’. The museums wanted to raise their profiles among young people in particular. Supported by IT experts and students from two universities of applied sciences, they digitally opened parts of their collections and objects and connected them by means of gamification, geocaching, virtual and augmented reality and storytelling. The aim was to increase the attractiveness of the region and to promote visiting the regions on both sides of the border.

The result was presented in September 2020: a game called ‘Sofias Smuggling’. Each museum has its own sub-game with constantly changing applications. The museums and their parts of the game are linked by an overarching story about the tradeswoman and time traveller Sofia, who has her accomplices in each museum but also has to defeat enemies. The game playfully shows the history of the border region and tempts the players to visit all the museums (otherwise the game cannot be completed) and to thereby automatically visit the neighbouring country.


Planned project costs

1.759.354,00 €

Project Duration

1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020


Socio-cultural and territorial cohesion in the programme area

Lead Partner

Stichting Erfgoed Gelderland

Project partners

Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH, Museum Kurhaus Kleve - Ewald Mataré-Sammlung, Stichting Museum Het Valkhof, HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen), Stiftung Museum Schloß Moyland, Geldersch Landschap & Kasteelen, Museum Goch, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Stichting Het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum), LVR- Archäologischer Park Xanten / LVR - Römermuseum, Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen BV, Museum Arnhem (Stichting Museum Arnhem), Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945 (Stichting Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945),


Financer Amount
Museum Kurhaus Kleve - Ewald Mataré-Sammlung 7.146,91 €
Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945 (Stichting Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945) 7.146,91 €
Stichting Museum Het Valkhof 4.160,75 €
Museum Goch 7.201,14 €
EFRE / EFRO 822.498,72 €
Hochschule Rhein-Waal 122.061,55 €
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Stichting Het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum) 7.146,91 €
LVR- Archäologischer Park Xanten / LVR - Römermuseum 7.201,14 €
Stichting Erfgoed Gelderland 115.719,44 €
Geldersch Landschap & Kasteelen 7.146,91 €
Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen BV 10.518,76 €
Provincie Gelderland 205.624,45 €
Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH 10.518,76 €
Stiftung Museum Schloß Moyland 7.201,14 €
Museum Arnhem (Stichting Museum Arnhem) 7.146,91 €
HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen) 90.932,57 €
MWIDE NRW 205.624,45 €