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“A sudden plunge into history”

The Tsar Peter House
Ranked #9 of 29 things to do in Zaandam
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

When you follow the tourist trail, indicated by the footsteps laid into the pavement, along houses in disrepair, gloomy littered streets, ugly squat modern structures, graffiti and dog poo, suddenly you encounter a nice small structure; this is the museum, containing a substantial part of the original "Czaar Peterhuisje", the wooden structure where Czar Peter the great lived for a short time while learning to be a ships carpenter. I will not repeat the story of Czar Peter here, for around the little wooden shack in the middle of the museum is an walkway with an excellent resume of the history of Czar Peter in Zaandam and his experience. Furthermore, information is given how the Dutch royal family exerted themselves to preserve the "Czaar Peterhuisje". Finally you enter the wooden shack and try to imagine living here. When you have completed your round, you encounter a display which celebrates the visit in 2005 by President Putin of the Russian Federation. Indeed, many visitors from Russia are welcomed here. This attraction is to be recommended.

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Reviewed April 16, 2012

A mad experience - the tiny wooden hovel that Peter the Great tried to stay in incognito (but had to leave because everyone knew who he was and came gawping constantly) propped up by a wooden frame with a museum built around it. A tiny but genuinely fascinating glimpse of a remarkable story..

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Reviewed August 7, 2011

In 1697 Tsar Peter visited Zaandam. The little traditional wooden cottage he stayed in for 8 days is on display together with information about his trip to Europe and some early images of Zaandam. The building itself is situated on the site where it was first built in 1632. A brick surrounding, a national heritage site by itself actually, that was built to protect the cottage is also nice to see.

Most people visiting Zaandam will visit the Zaanse Schans. This museum is a nice stop, at €3 entrance it is rather expensive however, you'll spend about half an hour to see everything. It's a pity the area of this building now has become less attractive. A coffeeshop (no they won't sell coffee...) at the corner and the path leading to the Czaar Peterhuisje doesn't feel like leading to a national heritage site...

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Reviewed October 9, 2017
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