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Address: Museumplein 5, 9641 AD Veendam, The Netherlands
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam ( Amsterdam Peat Museum) is one of the most...

Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam ( Amsterdam Peat Museum) is one of the most surprising museums in the province of Groningen. In the 17th century investors from Amsterdam invested their money in the enormous Bourtanger Moor. Peat (turf/veen) was brought by small vessels to city's like Amsterdam and Gouda.The museum not only tells about peatdigging, but also about the Golden Age of this region, the 19th century! The age when 60% of the Dutch fleet was located in little towns like Veendam, Wildervank and Pekela. They traded f.e.with the town of Riga. It also the century of Anthony Winkler Prins who wrote his encyclopaedia in Veendam and century of William Albert Scholten, the first multinational in the Netherlands. Succesfull in trading in potato starch, straw- and cardboard. Besides the (permanent) story of the region, the museum organizes interesting art and historical exhibitions.

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This museum brings more than the name suggests.

Yes, there actually is peat ("veen" in Dutch) in this museum, and the history and origination of the peat material is explained, but there is more. The "Veenkoloniaal museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 21, 2016
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Yes, there actually is peat ("veen" in Dutch) in this museum, and the history and origination of the peat material is explained, but there is more. The "Veenkoloniaal museum", situated in an abandoned heritage high school building (being inside brought also memories of my school days long ago), paints the life of the "Veenkolonie" area on the height of the... More 

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Hendrik H, Manager at Veenkoloniaal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, Nearby the museum is also an beautiful old cemetery with 19th century historic gravestones of seamen . More 

Veendam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

The locak area has some unique history, and this museum shows and tells it all, from the early peat diggings to the lateramazing role this modest town played in the seafaring history. Some completely furnished shops and a pub lend a bit of nostalgia. Well worth a vist!

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

The whole area is famous for delving peat 200 years ago. This museum shows this history and shows items used for the delving. A nice small museum and if you're interested, nice to go to.

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Veenkoloniaalmuseum, Eigenaar at Veenkoloniaal Museum, responded to this review

The peat history is only a small part of the storey we are telling. Most is about Baltic sailing, agriculture and industry. More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited the museum during the winter period, found few visitors and the museum deserves lots of them. a wide array of exhibits makes you familiar with life and work during the last centuries. Never a dull moment there, they even show samples of factories and ships that once formed the pride of the area. They even have a small coffee... More 

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