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Zuiderzee Museum I Dutch Maritime Heritage Experience

The Zuiderzee Museum, nestled in Enkhuizen, Netherlands, is a captivating living museum that offers a window into the rich maritime history and cultural heritage of the former Zuiderzee region. With its meticulously recreated historic buildings, traditional crafts, and engaging exhibitions, the museum will surely take you back in time. Continue reading to discover the museum's precise location, opening hours, amenities, and the immersive experiences that await within its enchanting confines.

Why Visit Zuiderzee Museum?

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  • Living History: Zuiderzee Museum authentically recreates an early 20th-century fishing village, providing an immersive experience into the past with costumed actors, historic buildings, and traditional crafts.
  • Cultural Insight: Visitors can explore the rich heritage of the Zuiderzee region, discovering the unique traditions, folklore, and stories of the Dutch fishing communities.
  • Unique Location: Set on the shores of the Ijsselmeer, the museum offers stunning waterfront views and an authentic maritime atmosphere, enhancing the visitor experience.
  • Educational Exhibits: The museum hosts insightful exhibitions on Dutch maritime history, environmental conservation, and contemporary art, ensuring there's something for every interest.
  • Hands-On Activities: From wooden shoe making to net mending, the museum encourages visitors to participate in hands-on activities, adding an interactive element to the experience.

Explore the Zuiderzee Museum

Zuiderzee Museum - Indoor Museum

Indoor Museum

A treasure trove of Zuiderzee, the contemporary indoor museum at the Zuiderzee Museum is filled with interactive exhibitions and digital collections. From a Sea full of stories that delves into life in former Zuiderzee and the 360 ​​degree online tour to the Schepenhal with its collection of historic boats, there is much to see and do at the indoor museum.

Zuiderzee Museum - Outdoor Museum

Outdoor Museum

Walk back in time along the cobblestone streets of the outdoor museum as you explore more than 140 historic buildings from the former Zuiderzee. Meet the locals, visit the cheese warehouse and the blacksmith, and learn about the farmer's loan bank. Don't miss the contemporary design presentations inspired by the past either. 

Note: The outdoor museum is closed and will reopen on March 29, 2024. 

What To Do At The Zuiderzee Museum

Permanent Exhibitions
Temporary Exhibitions
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  • Mini Concerts
    Dates: Until March 24
    Timings: 12 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Depiction Turbulent Water
    Dates: February 18 and 25
    Timings: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM; 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
    Location: Peperhuis
  • Plate Full of Stories
    Dates: February 24, March 2
    Timings: 5 PM
    Location: Indoor Museum and the Peperhuis
Zuiderzee Museum
  • Sea Full of Stories
    This permanent exhibition talks about the daily lives of the people of Zuiderzee, their work, clothing, houses, leisure activities, customs, celebrations, and the history of the Afsluitdijk dike.
  • Alderman's Hall
    The Zuiderzee Museum houses the largest museum collection of ships in the Netherlands, including iron ships in the harbor of the outdoor museum and wooden ships in the Schepenhal.
Temporary exhibition at Zuiderzee Museum
  • Zuiderzee Treasures
    Date: Until April 14, 2024
  • @zuiderzeemuseum
    Date: Until April 14, 2024
  • Water Wise
    Date: February 17 to September 1, 2024
  • Rescuers at Sea
    Date: May 23 to September 2, 2024
Activities at Zuiderzee Museum
  • Build Your Own Museum
    Location: Indoor museum
  • Mystery in the Zuiderzee Museum
    Location: Indoor museum
    Timings: 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 2:30 PM and 3 PM
  • Sea Full of Stories Junior
    Location: Indoor museum

Plan Your Visit To Zuiderzeemuseum

Getting There
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Indoor Museum

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM daily

Closed On: Christmas and New Year’s Day

Outdoor Museum

The outdoor museum is currently closed and will be open daily from March 29 to November 3, 2024.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Zuiderzeemuseum is during April to October when the weather is pleasant and outdoor activities are in full swing.

Address: Wierdijk 12 - 22, 1601 LA Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Find on Maps

  • By Train: Intercity 3942 Enkhuizen from Hoogkarspel.
    Closest stop: Enkhuizen
  • By Car: 10.6 km from Hoogkarspel
    Closest parking: Zuiderzeemuseum has parking facilities that keep changing during different seasons. Follow ANWB signs to reach the parking lot.
Aerial view of Zuiderzee Museum
  • Disabled parking space
  • Elevators
  • Wheelchair lifts
  • Adapted restrooms
  • Wheelchairs to rent
  • Audio tours
  • Service dogs allowed
Zuiderzee Museum food
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  • Flessenscheepjes Museum (2.4 km): Explore a world of tiny wonders at the Flessenscheepjes Museum, where miniature ships in bottles reveal intricate craftsmanship and maritime artistry.
  • Zuiderkerk (2.4 km): Marvel at the 17th-century splendor of Zuiderkerk, a historic Dutch church showcasing beautiful architecture and a serene ambiance in the heart of Enkhuizen.
  • Enkhuizen Stadhuis (2.6 km): Delve into the heritage of Enkhuizen at the Stadhuis, an architectural gem. It's a time capsule of the town's history and civic pride.
  • Sprookjeswonderland (3.6 km): Step into a fairytale at Sprookjeswonderland, a whimsical theme park for families. Enchanting characters and interactive attractions make it a magical day out.

Frequently Asked Questions About Zuiderzee Museum Tickets

What is the Zuiderzee Museum?

The Zuiderzee Museum is a living museum in the Netherlands that recreates a 20th-century fishing village.

Where is Zuiderzee Museum located?

Zuiderzee Museum situated in Enkhuizen, a picturesque town on the shores of the Ijsselmeer.

What are the opening hours of the museum?

Typically, Zuiderzee Museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

What's the best time to visit to Zuiderzee Museum?

Summer (June to August) offers pleasant weather and is overall the best time to visit Zuiderzee Museum.

Can you buy tickets online?

Yes, you can purchase Zuiderzee Museum tickets online for convenience.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

Currently, the elevator in the indoor museum is out of service, so the museum and its exhibitions are not wheelchair accessible.

Are pets allowed inside Zuiderzee Museum?

No, pets are not allowed inside Zuiderzee Museum except for service animals.

Is Zuiderzee Museum suitable for children?

Absolutely, Zuiderzee Museum offers engaging activities and exhibits for children of all ages.

Is there parking available nearby?

Yes, there is parking available near Zuiderzee Museum.

Can I visit Zuiderzee Museum during bad weather?

Yes, the museum offers both indoor and outdoor attractions, making it suitable for all weather conditions.