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Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium)

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Address: Admiraal Verhuellplein 1, 1789 AX Den Helder, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 223 612 366
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Fort Kijkduin was built by Napoleon after the failed Anglo-Russian invasion of North-Holland. It has undergone a few transformations since then, with the lighthouse being removed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2016
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Julianadorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

nice historic buildings and nice sealife to see , good restaurant/hotel close to beach near harbour city Den Helder

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Fort Kijkduin was built by Napoleon after the failed Anglo-Russian invasion of North-Holland. It has undergone a few transformations since then, with the lighthouse being removed and rebuilt a little further on the dunes. Different rooms tell different phases of the history, with a focus on the Napoleonic time and world war 2. A wing and machine gun of a... More 

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Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

The museum is ok. The building is impressive, the aquarium is nice. The restaurant good. Surrounding nature even better.

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Thank LeavingHolland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

My 3 year old enjoyed the aquarium. It's not that big but some nice displays where you can get really close to the fish. The museum looked interesting but all details were in Dutch. It would have been nice if the exhibit details would be in English.

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Trondheim
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The aquarium was great fun but we were less satisfied with the other part of the museum. We would like to find out the history of the fort since napoleon but it was an unchronological exposition of first and second war items.

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1 Thank tomtomnor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I lived in Huisduinen when I was growing up. At the time the facility was qualified as military. Nice to see it open to the public. A lot of money was spend on cleaning up the fort,however needs more money spend to bring it up to scratch. Nice museum. Great views.

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Den Helder, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I visited this location with my son. We walked all around the grounds and saw all the history that the fort has to offer. There was also a small aquarium on the grounds, and seeing some of the aquatic life that is right next door is also an engaging experince for the kids and adults alike. I will be going... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We saw the museum only, it was pretty good. There are a lot of museums in Den Helder. This one was devoted mostly to militaria.

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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I visited here with my cousins who had been there before but according to them the entire operation has gone downhill. Even though the money isnt there to improve the facilities and maintain it effectively, i still enjoyed the visit. The museum is small but pretty cool because it is in the old fort and is very diverse. The aquarium... More 

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I have worked in Den Helder for a few years now and in march i was waiting for my ship to get into the harbour so had a bit of time to kill so went to the fort whitch was ok but i did not realise they also have a aquarium which was awsome it has quite a lot of... More 

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