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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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Nice small museum - worth a visit

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... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2016
the Nethlands
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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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.

Thank Alexandre L
Zaandam, The Netherlands
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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.

Thank Hanneke-familie
Haifa, Israel
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

Thank Raanan S
Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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the Nethlands
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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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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

There are two parts to the museum. The first is an exhibition of Verkade chocolate. It's nice to see the process and history of this historic Dutch chocolate manufacturer. The second part is of old portraits of Dutch families and business man. I believe one has nothing to do with the other but both are interesting.

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Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

This museum is located in Zaans..., It has history of dutch's agriculter period. On the second floor, you can see the telescope which available to use. However, that is a small size museum.

Thank Boonsak H
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Reviewed May 26, 2016

A very enjoyable experience. Lots to see and even interactive exhibits. Lots of advertising and packaging go a gentler age. Great stained glass artwork with an industrial slant. The information on the 'landed gentry' and how they lived was very interesting and fascinating. A lot to see

Thank Roy J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you want a snack or light meal use museum cafe not the ones near the entrance which were awful and overpriced.

Thank Philip A
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2016

Very touristy, busy, but hardly surprising as it sums up everything you would have imagined about Holland as a child. There is plenty of space so the crowds do not matter in fact it adds to the atmosphere. Many little attractions on site which are free with I Amsterdam cards. And Windmills, proper working windmills, huge, impressive things. We loved... More 

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