It Aude Kolonyhûs has a rich history.

Before It Aude Kolonyhûs was renovated, the building was completely furnished as a cabinet of curiosities. Now Gribus is back on the island located in It Aude Kolonyhûs. In addition to all the rarities on display, there is also an exhibition about the Dutch whaling industry and the expeditions to the South Pole.

1922 - 1940

In 1922 the building was first named after Saint Egbert by the Catholic Church. The building served as a getaway for children from large cities, who lived in working-class neighborhoods and had poor health.

The children (so-called Bleekneusjes, which translates to “pale noses”) went through six weeks of discipline, rest, structure, sun, and sea. However, for many children the stay was a traumatic experience, being away from home and their safe environment. Homesickness often played a major role. Until 1940, It Aude Kolonyhûs functioned as a getaway for approximately 45 children.

1940 – 1945

The Kolonyhûs was closed during the war years.

1945 – 1950

After the war, the building was expanded to provide space for more children, and the capacity was increased to 125.

1960 – 1967

From the 1960s, the methodologies changed and fewer children were going to the Kolonyhûs. At this time more attention was paid to the psychological aspects of parenting, instead of focussing on the medical side. Increased prosperity, better housing, and better food and facilities made such getaways for children redundant. In 1967 the Kolonyhûs was closed and the building was converted into a hotel named Egbertsduin.


In the 1970s, the German Caritas Foundation became the new owner of the building. It became a health resort for the disabled and less fortunate families from Germany.


The St. Egbert health resort was expanded in 1998. A new building was built on the south side next to the current building (which is now the Strand Resort). In the new building a broader initiative was started to host both German and Dutch guests. As a result, the old building became obsolete. The original building was renovated and set up as a cabinet of curiosities (Rariteitenkabinet) called “Gribus”.

2007 – heden

In 2007 Gribus shut down, and the building was given a new purpose and became It Aude Kolonyhûs. Over the years, several accommodations have been realized where many influences of the old Gribus can still be seen.