Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum

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Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum

Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
In het NAVIGO-Nationaal Visserijmuseum maak je kennis met de Vlaamse vissersfamilie, de heroïsche IJslandvaarders en de garnaalvissers te paard. De rijke museumcollectie verenigt erfgoed, kunst, ambacht en natuur van de Noordzee. Wist je dat je er ook echte Noordzeebewoners kunt ontmoeten?
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Staessen
Ichtegem, Belgium761 contributions
Interesting museum to learn about the hard life of fishermen
Jun 2020
Interesting museum where you learn everything about the hard life of the fishermen. Also there are fishtanks with live Northsea fish to watch. Pity there were visitors there who made a hell of noise, talking to each other, more chit-chat, not really interested in the museum itself and therefor disturbing the visitors who were interested in the museum, not keeping the indicated direction in the context of corona and distance, not controlling their children who were walking and screaming around. The attendent of the museum didn’t intervene and just let these people do this. This really bothered us.
Written June 25, 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Interesting museum about the history of fishing
Oct 2019
The museum tells the story of fishing near the coast as well as the trips all the way to Iceland to catch cod. Most of the exhibition is in a modern building, but one also visits a typical fishing cottage, which are on the grounds. The audioguide (not sure if also in English) tells here the story of the people who lived here and made just enough from the fishing and also the processing thereof. There is a large section devoted to the fishermen going to Iceland, a tradition that started in 1644 and lasted till 1990 in Belgium. Inside there is also the oldest (now renovated) wooden fishing boat in Flanders. Explanations and stories are also given in English.
The museum also organises viewings of the shrimp fishermen still using horses, a technique developed in the Middle Ages, and which nearly died out in the late '90s.
Written October 31, 2019
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Dear Katrien, Thank you for your visit. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Kind regards, On behalf of the museum team.
Written April 24, 2020
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marc d
Oostduinkerke, Belgium156 contributions
Intresting local history
Jul 2019
Quite intresting small museum. Describes the history of the local fishermen that worked the entire North Sea all the way to Iceland. The history of blood, sweat and tears. With large fishtanks with all the fish of the North Sea. Top attraction, not only on a rainy day
Written August 7, 2019
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Dear 459marcd, Thank you for your visit. We are pleased to hear that you had a nice visit to the NAVIGO museum. Kind regards, On behalf of the museum team.
Written August 19, 2019
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snailcollector
Walcourt, Belgium38 contributions
A fun and welcoming museum. Lovely collection of interesting objects and activities for children of all ages!
Mar 2019
We had a great time at this museum. Our visit to the coast was not so great as the weather was terrible. Wind storm and rain. Didn't even go to see the beach! So, this was a ray of sunshine on our holidays. Staff are very welcoming / friendly. With 4 children ranging in ages from 2 to 9 they all had a great time finding lots to see and do. The aquarium in the basement was a delight. Didn't expect that and was a good way for the children to learn about the local fish and crabs. I think we spent about 1/3 of our time admiring the personalities of the fish.
An amazing painting collection of local fishing scenes. Truly impressive. Model fishing boats that were a delight to see. Explanation of the different fishing techniques used. And of course the modest fishermen's family cottages. Lots to see. A rich history that is proudly displayed in a way for all to see, learn, enjoy and understand. A delight!
And what is quite poignant if my understanding is correct is that the site of the museum is built upon the memorial of the fishermen lost at sea/ or who died at sea. So if you take the time to wander through the gardens you will find the names of those who risked their lives for their livelihoods. Quite sad as often many of the same family. The museum is a great way to keep their memory alive.
And they have a tasteful gift shop with educational gifts and other appropriate items.

Worth the visit! You won't be disappointed.
Written April 7, 2019
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Dear snailcollector, Thank you for your visit. We are pleased to hear that you had a nice visit to the NAVIGO museum. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Kind regards, On behalf of the museum team.
Written April 9, 2019
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philipvansteenkiste
De Haan, Belgium65 contributions
Historic fishery museum
Jul 2018 • Friends
The museum tells the story of 500 years Flemish fishery. It contains ship models, objects, stories and even an old fisherman's house.
In the cellar lies an aquarium with living fish.
Entry fares are low. After the the visit you can also have a snack and drinks in the typical pub " De'Paardevisser" next to the museum.
Written July 11, 2018
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flexi2008
Kortrijk, Belgium280 contributions
Interesting to do on a rainy, cloudy day
Aug 2016 • Family
First week of August so we were not prepared for bad weather... Still we had to keep 2 eight year old boys and a toddler (21 months) busy and happy. After plopsaqua the day before we had to think of something else... So the day turned out navigo museum in the morning and cinema in the afternoon (finding dory: keeping true to the fish theme ;)
But the museum was really nice!!!! The boys were impressed and learned a lot about fishing and its belgian history! But they were most impressed with the north sea aqariums! I am sure they will remember this visit!
Written August 4, 2016
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minsterman66
Chippenham, UK98 contributions
Lovely surprise
Aug 2015 • Family
We were staying locally, so wanted something not too taxing on our last full day out. Having spent the morning on the local beach, we came to this little museum and found a right gem. Because it was the first weekend of the month, it was actually free to enter. Be aware that it only opens on an afternoon on weekends, so this fell in nicely with our plans. There was so much information that it gave you a real good feel for what life must have been like for the Flanders fishermen and how much modern life has wrecked centuries old traditions. well worth 90 minutes of your time. The fisherman's cottage has low doorways, so care is needed even though they are clearly labelled.
Written August 4, 2015
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Robert54_10
Frimley, UK67 contributions
Interesting and modern museum
Oct 2014 • Couples
Fantastic insight into what is was like to have been a local fisherman in years gone by. Well laid out, starting with an old fisherman's cottage to modern display which you are guided round.
Written October 31, 2014
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TillyC-S
Frimley, UK429 contributions
Educational and very well set out.
Oct 2014 • Couples
Starting with the fishermen's cottage and moving on to displays and information boards this museum is a treasure to be seen.
We received a very warm and friendly welcome. Most of the display boards have an 'ENGLISH' section and below ground there are fish and rays to while away some time.
Good for all ages and includes a shop.
Would recommend.
Oh, and we got in as seniors 55+ 😊
Written October 28, 2014
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Diane v
Antwerp, Belgium151 contributions
very nice
Sep 2014 • Couples
the museum is recommandated, you start with an old fishershouse, with a great scenery, you find every thing exactly like it was before, in the earlier days. it is really very interesting to see, how it was, also a large part with nice aquariums, and a large explanation of the inside of a ship!
Written September 27, 2014
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Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM