Zuiderzee Museum

Zuiderzee Museum

The Zuiderzee Museum is a unique open-air museum that vividly brings into focus the history and culture of this area.

Zuiderzee Museum is a must-see on a tour around IJsselmeer because it paints a picture of the region’s history the towns and villages on the shores of Zuiderzee and everything that went on there in times of old. In 2013, out of all the museums in the country, this museum got the best reviews by Zoover users. The museum has an indoor and outdoor part. It was founded in 1948, initially to try to keep a record of the fishermen’s way of life as it had been in Zuiderzee days, which was then rapidly disappearing. After the Afsluitdijk (Closure Dam) was in place, many people were worried that the traditional culture of the former Zuiderzee region would be forgotten. In 1983, an open air museum was added to the indoor museum.  They call it a museum village. It is a large collection of characteristic buildings that formerly stood elsewhere on the shores of the Zuiderzee. They were carted away from their old locations (in pieces or in their entirety) and rebuilt here to keep for posterity. The buildings include a church, fish smokery, shops and fishermen’s cottages. Daily life and traditional trades from the 1900 period are re-enacted by museum staff and volunteers. The indoor museum has a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.

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