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“Nice local museum and great shell shop”
Review of Muzee Scheveningen

Muzee Scheveningen
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Owner description: In the completely renovated school building from 1877 one can learn about the history of the fishing village, the seaside resort and the fascinating forms of life which can be found beneath sea level. the centuries old tradition of the fishing industry as well as the seaside resort life form the image of Scheveningen. The permanent exhibit provides an overview of the fishing industry and daily life in years gone by. A unique collection of paintings, including several by Mesdag, provides a beautiful record of the past. The full size reconstruction (and moving) of the cabin of a fishing boat revives the life onboard. Period rooms show the different lifestyles of various classes: the fisher folk, the middle class and the well-to-do shipping cmpany owners. And, of course, the traditional costume of Scheveningen in on display. Special attention is given to the jewelry worn with the costume. Unique is the exhibit featuring the story of the seaside resort dating from the beginning of the 19th century. The Sea Room takes the visitor into the underwater World. Hundreds of beautifully coloured shells, crabs in many shapes and colours, octopi from the deap sea, millions of years old fossils and many other sea creatures aron on display here. A complete coral reef and its inhabitants also constitutes a part of the presentation. Regularly there are temporarily exhibitions. For more information see our web site.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
The Hague, The Netherlands
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226 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nice local museum and great shell shop”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was positively surprised by the museum. Quite a selection of different things.
- scenes presenting the life of the local people around 1900
- interior of a boat which is actually moving, shrieking.
- animals from the sea
- extensive selection of exquisite shells
- the museum shop featuring the best selection of shells I've ever seen, with a super enthusiast owner.
This time the special exhibit was centered around the legendary Rolling Stones concert in the Kurhaus with some unique footage.

A great way to spent an hour or two.

Visited August 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“If you like statues (=beelden in dutch), just go”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

this museum is a hidden treasure among the more cheap looking tourist attractions in Scheveningen. Just hidden behind a dune is a lovely museum with all kinds of statues and/or installations (just check the website to see if there's an exhibition to your taste). After your visit you can take a refreshing walk along the shore. Be sure to walk south towards the harbor.

Visited August 2014
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Corpus Christi, TX
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I went with a group of friends to see this exhibit today. We had called in advance to make a special request for an English speaking guide...there were 6 of us and we kicked in $5 eu apiece for the special service. Admission was free with the MuseumKart. I learned that the Rolling Stones played here in 1964 for a $2,000 fee. It was their first European concert. The tickets were only $7.50 Eu. The theater where they played only held 1800 people. The crowd went crazy and demolished the interior of the theater...pulling the theater seats from the concrete floor, breaking them into pieces and throwing it at the 5 policemen who provided security. There are many photos that I had never seen before from the Stones, some private videos from locals who were there. Many locals still remember this concert and this exhibit is a one of a kind. They have a large screen video showing all 20 minutes of the concert and the ensuing aftermath. I am planning to return to this museum again to see the other exhibits- they have a collection of seashells to die for, they have an exhibit that highlights the traditional homes and clothing of various eras and more lots more to see. The museum is housed in the original building of the first school ever built in the city. Everything is in Dutch, so if you only speak English like me, it's well worth the extra money to have an English speaking guide so you can really understand everything you are seeing. Plus, this is a smallish museum that is run by a private foundation. The people of Schevenegin themselves have donated their family heirlooms to be put on exhibit, so they are very proud of this Muzee...with good reason. If you can catch the Rolling Stones Exhibit before it closes, I also highly recommend it...there is a jukebox with Rolling Stones songs on 45s... So for the length of the song Satisfaction, we turned the hall into our own private karaoke / dance club... It was a really fun time!

Visited July 2014
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Budapest, Hungary
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145 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Scheveningen history”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

A hidden treasure in the sidestreets of Scheveningen presenting the life of the local fishermen that made up most the local community until the 1900s. Some interactive features included as well as regular temporary exbitions and various concerts are also on the agenda.

Easily accessible by car (paid parking in the surrounding streets) or by public transportation. The Kurhaus, AFAS Circustheater and the Scheveningen Boulevard are within a few minutes of walking time.

Visited June 2013
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Scheveningen, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Historic gem.....”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Someone who was born in Scheveningen, should visit this museum! But also for others and foreigners this is a must. I live in the same street as where the museum is situated and visit it rather often. The displays are very interesting and give a very good impression how people lived, worked and suffered in the old days.

Visited March 2014
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