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Zuiderzee Museum

When the biggest lake of Holland was still a sea

The Zuiderzee museum is built on the banks of the IJsselmeer near the historic city of Enkhuizen. The museum provides a snapshot of life between 1880 and 1932. At that time the IJsselmeer was still a sea; the Zuiderzee. At the museum you can see how the people around the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer) in the Netherlands used to live. The Zuiderzee museum is a living museum with more than 120 original buildings, including houses, a school, church and shops. The buildings have been moved from various locations in the IJsselmeer region to the museum in Enkhuizen.

Indoor and outdoor area

The Zuiderzee museum consists of an indoor and outdoor area. In the outdoor museum you can find the village with the old houses and other buildings from around the former Zuiderzee. In and around the houses there are various craftsmen at work and show you life in the previous centuries.

The indoor museum shows a large collection of historic vessels that has been used for trade and fishing in and around the former Zuiderzee. There are also exhibits on a regular basis.

  • What does say?


    The Zuiderzee Museum is located close by the historic city of Enkhuizen. The museum is devoted to preserving the cultural heritage and maritime history from the old Zuiderzee region (now IJsselmeer) and shows life between 1880 and 1932 (when the 'Afsluitdijk' was completed and sea became a lake).

  • Adress and visitor information

    Zuiderzee Museum

    Address: Wierdijk 12-22
    Postal code and city: 1601 LA  Enkhuizen
    Province: Noord-Holland
    Phone: +31 (0)228 35 11 11
    Additional information: Be sure to check the website or call for opening times and admission. A little ferry (every 20 minutes or so) brings you from Enkhuizen to the museum.

    Let op: The location on the map is an indication. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route



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