Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen

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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 Zuiderzeemuseum.
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  • The open air museum takes you back to a time my grandparents once knew and grew up in. Although it was a grey day when we visited ,but there is so much to do for children and my 10 year old loved...  more »
  • Very nice open air museum providing insights on the life around Zuiderzee/Ijsselmeer at former times when this was still open sea. From the parking and ticket office, a ferry brings you to the...  more »
  • Long visit COVID regulations means: lots of one-ways (which not everyone follows ...) Waiting to get inside places (which not everyone can) Some places - the staff are giving long explanations to.....  more »
  • Interesting open air museum showing old Dutch lifestyle and living. Some nice activities for children and adults. It is fun to go there from the park g with the ferry.
  • This place is amazing! It aims to recreate how Dutch people lived a hundred years ago and they really achieve it! Antique shops with real workers wearing the old apparel that was used before, real old houses, etc. It is definitely worthy! (Especially if the weather is nice)
  • Amazing! Lots of fun to wander around the outdoor village. You can easily spend a whole day here! Several hands-on activities are available for kids. Information is prewented in Dutch, English and German. Try the smoked salmon at the smokehouse and the pastries at the bakery. Highly recommended.
  • Great place, looks like heaven! We started from the beginning, where you have the chance to experience the real life of old Dutchies, how they were fishing, living in tiny wooden houses, their school, supermarket, farms, etc. There is a boat you at the end that brings you back to Enkhuizen Station, also a nice ride ( no charge). The whole place is suitable for children as well, lots of things they can see and play.
  • Gives you a better picture how life used to be in the Netherlands. If you like history, you'll like it.

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