• AMI approved
  • Unequalled beauty
  • Precise control of error
  • Exact isolation of one quality
  • Perfect interrelations

100+ Years Experience

Nienhuis Montessori was founded in 1929 by Albert Nienhuis, who collaborated with Maria Montessori to create products which reflected her vision of education. Children feel a natural drive to develop and need to be given the opportunity to do so freely. Nienhuis Montessori’s product range enables children to discover the world independently. We only use the best materials, created with care, commitment and attention to detail. Nienhuis combines skills with technology, and has been doing so for over 85 years. Educating people is a skill. In 1975, a distribution center was opened in the United States to focus on Montessori customers in North and South America. Nienhuis Montessori has been officially endorsed by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for decades. It is world’s leading brand when it comes to Montessori materials. We works with specialists from within the field of education who share our ambition. In line with the Montessori vision, we develop materials which create a stimulating educational environment, in which the child always has a central position.


  • 1929

    The year it all began...Nienhuis Montessori is founded by A.J. Nienhuis in The Hague. 1945. A.J. Nienhuis retires. His son, Jan Nienhuis, takes over.

  • 1964

    Nienhuis relocates to Zelhem, a city in the Eastern part of the country. This is still its
    location today.

  • 1975

    Nienhuis Montessori USA opens in Mountain View, California. 1979. Nienhuis
    Montessori celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

  • 1995

    Nienhuis Asia opens. A factory and warehouse in Sri Lanka.

  • 2004

    Nienhuis celebrates its 75th Anniversary. The first Montessori Museum is opened in the Zelhem Headquarters. Renilde Montessori is the guest of honor; she leads the opening ceremony.

  • 2007

    Nienhuis is bought by the Heutink Group, a well established, highly regarded educational company based in Rijssen, Holland.

  • 2009

    The Nienhuis Asia factory continues its expansion. Large, highly functional production and warehousing facilities are completed. The plan to shift all Nienhuis production to this location begins.

  • 2011

    Nienhuis USA moves to its current home at 150 S Whisman Road - a fully renovated, state-of-the-art, highly efficient office and warehouse facility created to better serve its growing market.

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On the connection with AMI

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A Heutink brand

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