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“One of the Greatest Attractions in The Netherlands” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum)

Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum)
Wierdijk 12-22 | 1601 la Enkhuizen, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
+31 228 351 111
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Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Enkhuizen
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Owner description: Zuiderzee Museum - Story of a rich culture The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen revives the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee. See, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) changed the sea into the IJsselmeer in 1932. The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area. It focuses upon the themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with thematic exhibitions.
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“One of the Greatest Attractions in The Netherlands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

Why is this place not better well known? This was one of the best places I have ever visited in my life!!!! This indoor/outdoor museum was put together from actual houses, schools, churches, windmills, smokehouses and literally a hundred or more other buildings from the former Zuider Zee area.

Before anything else, know that you should plan on spending at least one entire day here - there is that much to see. You get here by boat - and then spend the next hours walking up and down paths, into actual houses with the authentic furniture, into real shops, drug stores where old time remedies are still sold, smokehouses where fish is still being smoked . . people wearing the authentic clothing from the area. This open air part of the museum also has lots of craftsmen and women busy with their craft, and the workmen will demonstrate the old fashioned crafts such as rope-making, sail-making and repairing, and bronze-casting. The indoor museum, which in and of itself would take at least three hours, displays Dutch traditions and history. There is a gorgeous clothing exhibition here as well, with the various clothing that people wore from this area. If you have children, they can learn to make clog boats, dress up in old Dutch "costumes", walk on stilts, play with old fashioned games, go on treasure hunts, in other words, a full day of fun mixed with history and learning.

There are public events that happen all year long, from music festivals, to kids museums, to theater, to maritime weekends, Saint Nicholas, and a winter fair.

The outdoor museum is broken up into different area - at the Haven (or Harbor) you will find the Fish museum for children and sailing on a fisherman's boat. Then comes the Kerkbuurt (the church district) where you would find the houses of the sail maker, sweet shop, chapel, smithy, school, forge lab. Remember, that all of these buildings are authentic and have been moved here to avoid being torn down or destroyed.

The Stadsgracht (urban canal) area is next, and here you will find a beautiful pharmacy along with a small museum of the "pharmacy heads", a bakery, cheese warehouse, upper class homes, old fashioned steam laundry and more.

In the Polder, you would find the fish curing area. Here, you will find that fish is being cured and smoked just as it has been for hundreds of years. You can choose your fish, which is smoking in the smokery in front of you, buy it and sit down and eat it there. Heel lekker!! Mmmmm.

Next is the Visserdorp, or the fishing village. You will be in the Village of Urk around 1905, and there you will find women in authentic clothing sewing outside, rope making, brush making, households from the 1930's and earlier. Here too are the bedsitters' which are the old fashioned beds that you would climb up into and close the doors. My husband, who is Dutch, loved seeing this as he slept in one of these beds at his grandmothers house here in Holland when he was a little boy.

There is also a nature area where you will see hairy brown cows. There is a very nice inexpensive restaurant here, with comfy chairs and tables and three fireplaces.

Seriously, this is not to be missed. Come early and plan to spend the day, at least. You will want to come again and again because there is just too much to enjoy in one day.

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“Great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2009

It is a great museum, giving insight in the life in Holland around a century ago. Exhibits such as on fashion at this moment (2009) make it even more interesting. Enkhuizen itself is also a cute little town. It is possible to take a boat from here accross the Ijsselmeer into Friesland, or to go by historic sailing ship to Urk (old fishery village). Or to take a historic steamtram from Hoorn to medemblik, two nearby villages. Worth it for a daytrip or weekendbreak from Amsterdam.

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“unknown teasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

We stopped here for a very quick visit on our way to Groningen. We wish now we had much more time to relax there & take it slowly as it was quite an unexpected surprise. We never saw it advertised in Amsterdam as a tourist visit so were unaware that there was so much to see. The recreation of the old ways and the museum were fantastic. The kidsa lso loved the boat ride. There was no crowds when we dropped in , actually the opposite. Highly recommend this outdoor fun

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“Lovely, the greatest thing in holland.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2005

If you go to Holland, it is inmportant to go to this museum, if you want to know where the dutch east-indian companion came from.

The whole region is like the old picture we got from holland. It is really Great. 130 little houses with people in old clothes.

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