2 hours

The story of a rich culture at the Zuiderzeemuseum  

The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen revives the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee. See, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) changed the sea into the IJsselmeer in 1932. The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area. It focuses upon the themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with thematic exhibitions.

Outdoor Museum

The Museum ferry carries you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum where you can take a walk through history. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbour making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.

Indoor Museum

The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the Museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone.

Are you generally interested in the background of Dutch Watermanagement? The Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen is in the North of Holland and offers a great interactive exhibition! More in the South of The Netherlands, in the city of Arnhem, you could also visit the Dutch Watermuseum.

LOCATIONWierdijk 12-22, Enkhuizen
Open Air museum: Noorder Wierdijk 28 (visitors by bicycle or by foot), Sluisweg 1 (visitors by car)
OPENING HOURSDaily: 10:00 – 17:00 h

Indoor museum is open all year round (except 25 December)
Outdoor museum is open from 30th March – 28th Octobre (2018)

✅  Entry museum


PUBLIC TRANSPORT From Amsterdam Central station you can take a train to Enkhuizen. From here it is a 15 minute walk to the museum. Or you can make use of the other entrance and take the boat that will bring you to the museum.
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TICKET TYPEPrinted ticket

Extra Information


  • Wheelchair accessible


  • There are two entrances to the museum. One you can reach by foot, the other will take you to the museum by boat.


  • A historical Dutch town brought to life
  • Children can try on costumes of traditional Dutch clothing
  • A fun day out with the children offering all kinds of hands-on activities for the entire family

Zuiderzeemuseum outside view
Dutch people in Costume at the Zuiderzeemuseum
Classic old Dutch car at the Zuiderzeemuseum
Classic picture of what Dutch villages used to look like
Dutch customes exhibited at Zuiderzeemuseum

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
October 11, 2016

This is like taking a step back in time! The kids were happy as well since they got to dress up 🙂

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