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Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience

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Address: Schansend 7, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
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+31 75 681 0000
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

In the Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience you will always find something...

In the Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience you will always find something exciting to do. Visit our chocolate and biscuit factory and discover how Verkade biscuits and chocolate were made and admire our magnificent collection of packagings, graphic designs, paintings, photographs, films, Zaans painted furniture and utensils.On a regular base we organize activities for the whole family. Lectures, films, workshops and tasty activities like building cookie-factories using Verkade biscuit, make edible postcards, or get started with real Verkade chocolate!Besides the activity program we offer several investigative routes, you can design a wrapper for a chocolate bar, and of course taste the different Verkade Cookies . With the serious games you can test whether you 're just as agile as a Verkademeisje, or that you still have more talent for baking cookies .With the serious games on the factory square you become an engineer, planner, operator, technician or designer and will be introduced to the variety of technical occupations in the food sector.

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Good introduction to the area

This is a review of the Zaanse Museum itself, not the whole complex. You'll see it just as you get off the bus. If you have an I Amsterdam card, it's free. The museum is a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 3, 2016
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Moorpark, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

This is a review of the Zaanse Museum itself, not the whole complex. You'll see it just as you get off the bus. If you have an I Amsterdam card, it's free. The museum is a well-designed overview of the area's industrial past, which unless you're Dutch you're probably not familiar with. Read through the displays and understand why those... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Because Museumkaart holders had free entry to the museum, we decided to visit it and were pleasantly surprised. The museum has laid out how this region became the industrial powerhouse in its time and how it inspired many painters including Claude Monet. The biscuit and chocolate factory museum attached to it has some fun games and the child in me... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see Windmill Museum ! I understand that these windmills have been moved to this location from all around the Netherlands so visitors can see up close these amazing working machines ! Also there are exhibits with wooden shoe makers & cheese making demonstrations . All these are fun & very interesting. There are gift shops &... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Worth the visit, you can buy de 15 euro card. The museum and the village is very nice. Good for kids and to shop souvenirs. They charge you the parking. :( 6-9euro.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This museum tells about products from the area. Probably more interesting to the Dutch who know these products, but I, an American, who had never heard of any of these products, found it interesting as well. There is a second section of the museum which tells how Verkade chocolate is made. There are free cookies to sample at the very... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Nice small cozy museum, a bit of history, paintings, and smithing, includes the chocolate and biscuit museum as well. The first is boring for children, the chocolate and biscuit will keep the little ones entertained with some interactive displays or painting their own chocolate bar wrapping.

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Wonderful displayed selection of items, paintings, etc. History comes to life and information about technical, industrial, social and cultural things to know is made clear.

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

The museum is well worth visiting. It has a rich assortment of items depicting life in the Zaandam area and how it was a key industrial area in the Netherlands. The adjacent Chocolate factory is also a nice exhibit.

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Haifa, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

overall nice, but not sure if we would enter there if not having IAMsterdam card, cause it seems more suitable to locals than to tourists. the museum itself nice and has rich exhibition.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

The Zaans Museum is a small interesting museum outlining the importance of the area in Dutch industrial history. The exhibits are very informative as is the audio tour which is available in many languages. The Verkade portion of the museum is a reconstruction of the famous cookie and chocolate factories in Zaandam. It's an interesting view into the past. The... More 

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