Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen

Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • You go there by boat, that is already an experience in itself. After walking around ... lots of fun. The detail with which the world of when shows up is beautiful. We are in the holiday then it is fairly busy but still doable. The workshop ' save ' rope is great fun. With a super volunteer who did the explanation. The workshop clog boat making is too complicated for children of 7, and it takes too long. you have to use a lot of krammetjes and that works. When we were there, there was no guidance from the museum and it was too busy at the table. So I would feel free to skip the clog boat!. You actually have no workshops needed, so much to see. Further a top day polite with 4 kids!
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  • A beautiful museum where the history of the zuiderzee. A day is almost not enough if you want to see everything. We have greatly enjoyed the themes. There is an indoor and outdoor museum, both are very interesting, ideal for all ages. The big flood of street is good and very impressive.
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  • We were there in the month of september with very nice weather. This is really one of the most beautiful open air musea we visited. It gives really a very good impression of the dutch way of life of t...  read more »
  • 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)
  • An underrated open air museum. It is dedicated to the local maritime history which changed dramatically after the construction of the dam which closed off the sea turning it into a lake. It has many of the Dutch cliches such as windmill, dikes, sheep, traditional dances and clothes, smoked fish etc which will give you the opportunity to get a crash course on Dutch culture and history.
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