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“Well worth a visit!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zeeuws Museum

Zeeuws Museum
Abdij 3, 4331 BK Middelburg, The Netherlands
0118-653000
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Middelburg
Type: History Museums, Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is the most imaginatively-curated museum I have been to for many years. It is not too big to enjoy, but you can see most things in the space of an hour or two (depending on your level of interest).

From the ground up (as I remember)
1st floor - costume from the area through the years - both national and "mainstream", as well as a range of modern designs inspired by the area. I particularly loved how, instead of ordinary signage, the museum had had the details printed on to "shop" swing-tags. There was also a film entitled "striptease 1850" which showed how the many layers of dress at that time were put on and held together.

The next floors had some huge tapestries depicitng local events, some beautiful local silver and a range of paintings of the area by different artists from diffferent areas.

The final floor was "boxes of Wonder" - three huge "packing crates" on different themes - life and death, home and family, wealth and power - contaiing a mass of beautiful and interesting artifacts linked to the themes.

This area of Holland is generally popular with Dutch and German visitors - we saw only 2 other British families the whole time - so often there is little or no information available in English (even in restaurants). However, this museum had comprehensive information available (with a very high standard of translation) even for the three "crates" - each of which had maybe 50 different display cases requiring detailed explanation.

Final incentive - under 18s go free, students half price

Visited August 2013
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Auckz
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“OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The museum coffee was great ... but to be honest the museum itself did not warrant the cost of entry.

Visited January 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“A little bit of everything in this nice museum.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

The Zeeuws Museum is housed in one of the buildings of the Middelburg Abbey, in the old centre of Middelburg, which is also reviewed on Tripadvisor. The museum has a collection of bits and pieces from everything it seems.

There are items from the rich history of this town, some mammoth bones, some archaeological findings, some modern art, etc. The museum uses three floors of the old building for the displays. You can reach these floors by stairs or elevator.

Most impressive are probably the displays of large tapestries with scenes from sea battles the Dutch had with the Spaniards in the 16th century on the river Schelde, close to Middelburg. This was the time when Middelburg was home to one of the” Oostindische Compagnies” (East India Companies) which in 1602 would merge with the other major trading companies in Holland to form the famous Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC (United East India Company).

The VOC would dominate the international trade of the 17th century and was a major factor of the “money machine” which made the Golden Age of Holland.

The international trade is reflected in the “Chambers of Wonders” in the museum where you can see numerous items which were brought home by the sailors from their journeys around the world.

You can have some enjoyable hours strolling through the different parts of the museum.

And when done you can visit the rest of the historic centre with some beautiful old buildings like the Town Hall.

For information on the museum you can visit their website and select the English section.

www.zeeuwsmuseum.nl

Visited March 2012
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