Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum), Enkhuizen

4.6
#1 of 15 in Things to do in Enkhuizen
Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum) displays the history of the people who lived along the shore of the Zuiderzee before it transformed into the IJsellmeer. For centuries the Zuiderzee operated as a key shipping port. However, in 1932 the Afsluitdijk, or IJsellmeer Barrier Dam, closed off the saltwater inlet known as Zuiderzee, and turned it into the freshwater lake known as IJsellmeer. The open-air museum covers 6 hectares (15 acres) and presents a way of life that has since disappeared. Explore the small fishing village with authentic buildings from the region, including a church, fish-curing shed, mill, cheese warehouse, shops, and homes. Visit the indoor portion of the museum to see the largest collection of wooden ships in the country, as well as photography and traditional costumes. Before you head to Enkhuizen, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Enkhuizen road trip planner, to make sure you see all that Enkhuizen has to offer, including Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum).
Create an itinerary including Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum)
map
Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum) Tours
Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum) Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
755 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • A living meuseum.warning very touristy but a MUST. You get tos see a dutch village as it was a century ago. Lots of stores and they photo you upon entry and sell you your puc upon exiting..very relaxi...  more »
  • With houses from many places around the IJsselmeer is the Zuiderzee museum a wonderful place to see how it looked and how there used to be the everyday life expired. With many people in the nomination of when you imagine yourself really just in a different time. Very nice to walk around, if you want to take the ferry to the entrance, which is extra enjoy!
    View original
  • In the winter you can visit the museum, only the inner part of the outdoor unit with all kinds of neat cottages and crafts is then closed. But in the inner part was also plenty to see. All kinds of old ships, all rigged. A nice overview of the typical hard living and working in the various Zuiderzee towns in the past. An artistic adaptation of clothing and equipment. Best well worth a visit. Furthermore, we could this time special event at nightfall the "Zuiderzee light-show". In an hour you may than in the specially just open outdoor section of the museum along 7 special scenes from the dramatic life of the Lady of Stavoren walk, with picture, sound and light enlivened. Also fun for children. At the end we still stew Kale with vegetarian Meatball and sauerkraut with sausage eaten in the museum restaurant the Amsterdam House.
    View original
Google
  • Amazing place. Had a lot of fun! You dive into old dutch ways and it's awesome. There is a boat display, old cheese store and open-air food carts. We even tried some mackerel and salmon smoked the 'old-fashioned-way' in some sort of barrel. As far as museums go, this one was among most entertaining. Kids would love it!
  • I am a middle-aged fellow from Indonesia. For me, visiting this place brought a lot of memory from the Dutch colonial/ VOC era in Indonesia. And that's not just the look and feel, but also the amazing gadgets from the old days. The entrance price is quite reasonable, and to get the most of it, you should spend at least a few hours in there. There are good places to get food, so you don't need to worry about that department. I think this place has something for everyone. Even if you can't care less about the historical value, you can always enjoy the view.
  • It is a Netherland village as a museum open air, the buildings were transported there from different regions of Netherlands. Here you can learn about history and daily life of people 100 years ago. Go inside old school, cinema, houses, church, pharmacy, craft shops and visit workshops, where to learn how to make sea knots and look how is cooking salmon or herring and buy delicious smoked fish for 2,5-3 euro per one. Also you can visit indoor museum that working till 17.00 (as almost everything here) and have a lunch in one of cafe.
  • Open air museum. The best idea for having a great & right view for what happened more than 100 years ago with floods in these areas. A place full of interesting history.
  • Go late in the afternoon for a 50% discount. They did a good job setting everything up, looks authentic. Good for kids. Very large outdoor museum. Lots of walking required. But, we found it kind of boring after the first little bit.

Plan your trip to Enkhuizen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Enkhuizen

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Enkhuizen by other users

14 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, teens, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Enkhuizen BY A USER FROM MOROCCO February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Enkhuizen BY A USER FROM MOROCCO February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Enkhuizen & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in The Netherlands & German Fairy Tale Route BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans