Zuiderzeemuseum
Zuiderzeemuseum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Johnny19039
    2,319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can be recommended!
    We had a wonderful time at the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. It's a great place to learn about the history and culture of the Dutch people who lived by the sea. The museum has both an indoor and an outdoor section, and I enjoyed exploring both. The indoor museum has exhibits on fishing, crafts, art, and more. The outdoor museum is like a living village, with authentic houses, shops, and boats from different periods. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, and they even wear traditional costumes. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are interested in Dutch heritage and maritime life.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Steven B
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family day out
    Brilliant museum and plenty of activities to keep the children interested. The museum is very scenic with old but restored buildings, canals and all kinds of implements and machinery associated with yhe era it rrpresents so your camera will be busy. Educational as well as fun and a free ferry ride to the station. The restaurant/cafe we visited was excellent with plenty of choice. Don't miss it..
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Maia B
    Musashino, Japan6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dutch History lesson!
    The Zuiderzee museum was a fun and interactive experience for people for all ages! It was very easy to access, and the employees were very accommodating. My favourite part is how you can see traditional Dutch houses and practices and how you could see what it would’ve looked like in the past. Be prepared for lots of walking but it’s all worth it in the end! 5 Stars! I would recommend it for educational purposes as well as entertainment!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ronnie W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zuiderzeemuseum- the old Holland
    This is an amazing living museum - they've moved old buildings here to replicate an old village. The demonstrations of how they make rope, and how they were able to harvest water for drinking versus for cleaning and planting, etc, were great. You can see them smoking herring and salmon - and get samples. Everyone was pleasant, and glad to answer questions.
    Visited August 2023
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Matthew S
    Belper, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab place for a gentle day of learning
    This must be one of the best living museums in the Netherlands. From arriving at the out of town car park and being taken by boat to the museum so much attention has been paid to making this a great day out. There are probably four main areas to the museum and we didn't have time to see them all. We did the Marken village and main village area, but didn't get to the boating area by the town entrance nor to the inner museum. Loved the onsite matured cheese and onsite smoked herring
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 5, 2024
  • KatyandPeter
    Atherstone, United Kingdom547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent!
    Excellent for all, amazing for kids, loads to see and do. Easy to get to by public transport. Straight outside train station with boat ride (buy ticket in shop with entrance to museum). Good value, well worth a day out. Make sure you check out the indoor museum also, some amazing boat and costumes.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
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Nring
Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands1,195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited the Zuiderzee Museum as part of the Golden Triangle Tour (By steam tram from Hoorn to Medemblik, by boat from Medemblik to Enkhuizen and by regular train from Enkhuizen back to Hoorn) The boat makes his first stop at Enkhuizen Zuiderzee Museum and we reserved tickets beforehand.

You directly walk into a small fishermen's village from the old days. You can look inside some houses where it looks as the owner of the house just left for some shopping. In other houses you will have some information about Dutch design or the people who lived there. All information is written in Dutch and English. In the center of the village you will find some old shops like a bakery (some delicious cookies are for sale here), a apothecary, a butcher, etc. When you continue towards the habor you can visit some ships as well. At the exit towards the city of Enkhuizen you can visit the large inside museum as well on the same ticket.

Great place to do some Dutch themed photography !
Written August 19, 2021
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Marie_CSMA
Mannheim, Germany181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Very nice open air museum providing insights on the life around Zuiderzee/Ijsselmeer at former times when this was still open sea. From the parking and ticket office, a ferry brings you to the museum. The museum consists of more than 100 historical buildings, with their interior equipped with original items arranged with love for every detail. I highly recommend a visit, and make sure to bring enough time.
Written September 14, 2020
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rreitzer
Oberwil, Switzerland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Great outdoor museum. One of the best of the many I have visited across the globe. Background information and personal stories (who lived there; what were their experiences they had at the time, etc.) for every single house. You feel like you are moving back in time.
Meticulously maintained. Great to reach with public transport (they have a ferry service from the train station to the museum which is included in the admission. Easy one hour train ride from Amsterdam.
A must when your are in the region.
Written April 26, 2022
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Johnny19039
Dusseldorf, Germany2,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We had a wonderful time at the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. It's a great place to learn about the history and culture of the Dutch people who lived by the sea. The museum has both an indoor and an outdoor section, and I enjoyed exploring both. The indoor museum has exhibits on fishing, crafts, art, and more. The outdoor museum is like a living village, with authentic houses, shops, and boats from different periods. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, and they even wear traditional costumes. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are interested in Dutch heritage and maritime life.
Written July 6, 2023
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E P
Gemert, The Netherlands162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great view of how the dutch used to live, from the poor fisherfolk to the wealthy (shiney tiles on roof) business owners. These houses and businesses were all on the Zuiderzee shores. We spent nearly 5 hours here. The houses all have descriptions...English and Ditch. Well worth a visit. You can walk into Enkhuizen as well to check the old houses currently located in the town by the museum.
Written June 18, 2021
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Carmen I
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Fun for the children and not only 😀. Our daughter loved the activities. We didn't manage to see everything and we missed the indoors museum although we came at 10 am. Not complaining, as we really enjoyed our time there, but we would have liked the museum to close a little later, especially as in august the weather is nice and the sun sets very late.
Written August 24, 2022
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Joel L
Saint Paul, MN217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We were here in mid-march so the outside part of the museum was not open yet. We toured the inside. It was a nice place to visit. We would like to go back to see the outside city portion of the museum

They had an exhibit of skating on the lake that also talked about the effect of global warming. Several interactive things to do for kids of all ages.

They have a nice collection of boats that have been used on the lake. Their other exhibit room shows life through clothing, work exhibits, and housing.

They have some baked goods and coffee. Bag storage is available. Nice restrooms.
Written March 23, 2022
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Maia B
Musashino, Japan6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Zuiderzee museum was a fun and interactive experience for people for all ages! It was very easy to access, and the employees were very accommodating. My favourite part is how you can see traditional Dutch houses and practices and how you could see what it would’ve looked like in the past. Be prepared for lots of walking but it’s all worth it in the end! 5 Stars! I would recommend it for educational purposes as well as entertainment!
Written August 19, 2023
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Philip R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
One of the nicest outdoor museums I‘ve ever been to. Considering the amount of activities you can do and the immense love for details, the entry tickets are very cheap. The short ride on the ferry and the indoor museum are very nice as well!

Only negative experience has been the lady at the outdoor museum‘s gift shop. Apparently she doesn‘t know how to speak properly to 2year olds, so we left without spending money (yay!).
Written August 29, 2021
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Jane N
London, UK986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Fascinating outdoor museum with varying demonstrations of rope making, fish smoking and drying, sign-making, basket weaving etc. There are many houses, shops and a church to go in to see what life was like between 1880 and 1932. You can also get great views across the Zuiderzee. There is also plenty of signage to understand what you are looking at. The gift shops are really good selling different goods that you wouldn't get elsewhere.
The museum is walking distance from the station at Enkhuizen or you can get there by boat.
Written October 11, 2022
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