Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen

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History 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Zuiderzeemuseum by using our Enkhuizen travel itinerary maker.
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  • Fantastic beautiful open air museum with lots of beautiful and instructive details from the old days. Also for the children a great experience. There is still often talked about.
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  • This museum gives the visitor a view into the close relationship between the people and the sea in the Netherlands. The dyke is also close by and very interesting to show children. The museum is a sho...  more »
  • Here you experience the history of the fisheries from earlier years. It is very fun and educational to here a few hours walking around
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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)