The Zuiderzee Museum is located in the pretty town of Enkhuizen.
Only an hour’s drive from Amsterdam – and you travel back to 100 years ago, into a fishing village of the late 19th century!
You can get to the city through the dam. The dam is impressive with its size – 27 kilometers, laid onto the water.
The idea of the “Zuiderzee” museum was conceived in 1932, when the fishing villages began to come to desolation.
It was then that they decided to preserve the culture and the way of life of the fishing villages, and to do that by organizing an open-air museum. Objects of everyday life were collectedfor the museumunder the motto: “For you it might be garbage, but for us it can become a museum exhibit”.
Museum Zuiderzee tells about the history of the region, the folk crafts, and the life of the local fishermen from way back.
The museum represents a large territory of 15 acres, divided into several sectors: the fishing village, the small town with a church and several shops, the village with tiny houses, vegetable gardens, and an old mill. Almost all the buildings in the museum are original buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, transported here from different parts of the region.
The museum staff wears costumes of that era and communicates with visitors, showing how the ancient townsmen wove baskets, forged horseshoes, smoked fish or washed and dried underwear.
The shops and smokehouses in the museum are functioning: you can try smoked herrings or eels, buy all kinds of sweets, stock up on medications made according to old recipes, and of course, Dutch cheese is in store as well.
The open-air museum is open for visiting from April to October inclusively.
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