Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen
(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Zuiderzeemuseum by using our Enkhuizen travel itinerary maker.
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  • How the people once lived, in the fishing places around the Zuiderzee? You will get to the old crafts, mostly related to the fishery. How they lived: sometimes very shabby. What they ate, how played the children? Many houses and other buildings have been transferred to this museum. Some hamlets, e.g. Urk, are "staffed". You can warm smoked fish food, old-fashioned children's games, crafts, with pont and barge sailing: also children can amuse themselves just fine. In good weather: lovely stroll.
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  • From the car park we took the ferry to the museum (actually a village). This does not, because you can also Park in Enkhuizen. But it's kind of fun to do. We had very good luck with the weather and that made our day unforgettable! the village is perfectly counterfeited and you have the idea that it all really is. It almost seems like if there are any real people live. It is well maintained and if you go through all the small streets and anywhere what "secretly" by the Windows to binnenkijkt, you imagine yourself back in time. The exhibitions out there, are also well set up and give a real impression of how it must have been. It is that there is no water, but you feel almost the water to your lips. The village and the people who work there, give a very realistic impression of how it was. I think this museum even more suitable than Madurodam for tourists. Also for students and interested parties this museum gives a very good picture of Netherlands Waterland or how the Dutch have fought against the water. We not only had luck with the nice weather, but also by the day. It was the day they had a slightly evening with live music a a closing fireworks show. Well in the evening was the atmosphere with all those lights quite intense. Certainly with all the people as actors in the cottages. Fantastic! and the hotel industry is really delicious; the smoked salmon, really enjoy and the bag p was the tastiest fries we have eaten. The closing liqueurs with coffee and Apple Pie, mmmmmm!! For us, this museum visit on 1! What a beautiful day!
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  • Together with children and grandchildren visited this museum. For all generations a wonderful experience. Here you can spend an entire day. Both indoor and outdoor museum are worth a visit. For everyone there is something to see.
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  • Great open air museum with excellent exibits. The coffee shops and restaurants are very good with nice staff.
  • Simply a fantastic experience, from the ferry to bring you there, the cute town and buildings, the friendly staff and easy going atmosphere. I absolutely loved how there were staff members 100% in character, with stories of things happening in their "daily lives" in Urk. Don't miss an opportunity to have smoked herring.
  • It is a diferent kind of museum. It is possible to view how the life was at beginning of the 20th century in a dutch fishing village.
  • Very nice museum. Both the inside and outside parts really showed allot about Dutch history concerning the old south sea. We loved it.
  • Just wonderful place. You are as in fairytale. Definitely better to use ferry to get there (it is included in ticket price)