Zeeuws Museum

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg: Hours, Address, Zeeuws Museum Reviews: 4/5

Zeeuws Museum
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rae
Greater London, UK2 contributions
Oct 2019
The whole family enjoyed the trip to Zeeuws Museum. It has a really wide ranging mix, interestingly curated. Loved the display and explanations on the local costume, the modern work interspersed with the historic. Interesting building conversion and lovely helpful staff.

Not too large for our impatient teenager.
Shop was a hit too..we've not found a use for our Zeeland buttons yet.

We visited in August 2019..just a little late with review and it won't let me input that date below! Also good for the showery day.
Written September 10, 2020
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Thank you so much for your lovely review. We really like hearing how your whole family enjoyed the visit. Please let us know if you come up with a creative idea for the buttons.
Written October 6, 2020
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mazdauk
Greater London, UK456 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
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
Written August 16, 2013
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SeimenBurum
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,828 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
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
Written December 23, 2012
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Daan V
Rotterdam, The Netherlands23 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Decent museum, not great. Some great pieces of art are displayed here, in between pieces of a lower quality
Written August 22, 2020
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Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed some of the objects we have on display at the moment. We believe you are correct that not all our objects are of the highest quality and we show them anyway because we think they are part of the story of Zeeland. We would like to hear your opinion on the way the objects fit into the story and what objects you would like to see more of.
Written October 6, 2020
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Tambonz
Waipu, New Zealand826 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
The museum coffee was great ... but to be honest the museum itself did not warrant the cost of entry.
Written February 5, 2013
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anonymousruhr
Essen, Germany113 contributions
Nov 2019
Well done museum, interesting "appetizers" to learn more about Zeeland and the historical structural changes (ups and downs, changing landscapes, people, ...). This is not a big comprehensive exhibition so best to visit at the beginning of your stay in Zeeland and gain inspiration what to look out for. (E.g. stand in the hall with the huge battle tapestries and afterwards when you visit the original sites try to imagine there was once major sea warfare!)
Written November 7, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review and compliments. We hope you have enjoyed the rest of your stay in Zeeland as well.
Written January 2, 2020
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Mike S
Columbus, OH17 contributions
Apr 2019
This large square is surrounded by buildings and is very peaceful and quiet. Sit a spell to rest, people watch or just enjoy the view. Amazing that after the war this was built again using the same bricks.
Written September 23, 2019
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Thank you so much for you're review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the beautiful Abbey square and feel privileged to work on this square every day.
Written October 16, 2019
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PrincessJoJo
Ipswich29 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
You know what, the Dutch really know how to put together a great museum. The Zeeuws Museum, in Middelburg, is no exception.
Four floors full of really interesting items, all linked together in a great way. Stylish and interesting. Floor 4 was like the Old Curiousity Shop.
I loved the exhibition about Worklife and there were some particularly good paintings too.
Written July 25, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review, your compliments made our day!
Written October 16, 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited the museum on 12 April and viewed the redesigned parts therein during our stay there. Displays in the museum were interesting particularly the tapestries. The abbey square was very quiet and nice to stroll around as well.
Written April 21, 2019
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Thank you so much for your nice review.
Written April 23, 2019
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,155 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Het "Zeeuws Museum" isn't a museum I wouldn't select as target for a day trip, but it is a nice museum, not to be skipped when visiting Middelburg. It has some interesting points, not in the least the historic building the museum is situated in. The museum is divided in fixed themes on the upper two floors and on the first floor is made room for variable exhibitions. Historic exhibits from Zeeland are shown in the "Wonderkamers" (Wonder Rooms) on the upper floor. On the floor below several historic finds are shown and the final room is dedicated to unique tapestries, depicting sea battles from the 16th and 17th century. See the pictures I have attached to this review. Entrance for a fee, free entrance with the annual Dutch museum pass.
Written June 25, 2018
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Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate your description of the museum and Abbey and hope it wil help others decide to spend a nice day in Middelburg and the Zeeuws Museum.
Written July 19, 2018
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