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Veenkoloniaal Museum

Museumplein 5, 9641 AD Veendam, The Netherlands
+31 598 364 224
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Great exhibitions

I'm not informed if there is such thing as prize given to the best museum in NL, but Veenkoloniaal... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Andris K
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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... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2016
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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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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Museumplein 5, 9641 AD Veendam, The Netherlands
+31 598 364 224

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm not informed if there is such thing as prize given to the best museum in NL, but Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam is Nr.1 at least on my list. In respect to permanent collection many museums do excell, but Veenkoloniaal is exceptional in well thought out...More

Thank Andris K
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...More

Thank Hendrik_NL
Hendrik H, Manager at Veenkoloniaal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2016

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

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...More

Thank Gerrit P
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.

Thank MargaretsJourney
Veenkoloniaalmuseum, Eigenaar at Veenkoloniaal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2016

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

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...More

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