In 1932 the Afsluitdijk (the IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) closed off the former Zuiderzee from the North Sea, and the inland sea thus created was named IJsselmeer (in which ‘meer’ is the Dutch word for ‘lake’ and ‘IIssel’ the name of the river feeding it). The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area, thereby focusing on the major themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with a great number of historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with various thematic exhibitions. Heritage, visual art, photography and design play an important role in this context.
The indoor Museum is the treasure chest of the Zuiderzee. Various permanent and temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum in a present-day setting. Visualized in this way, the history of the Netherlands acquires significance for today. With history, photography, traditional costumes, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone. Check out what exhibitions you can visit.
Apart from the temporary exhibitions, the Indoor Museum also boasts the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the Museum’s collection.
The Indoor Museum is open all year round from 10:00 - 17:00 h, with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December).
The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates a great many authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a watermill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. Staff and volunteers demonstrate historical crafts from everyday life at the beginning of the twentieth century. A number of presentations feature a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.
The Outdoor Museum will be open again for activities as of Saturday 26 March 2016, 10:00 - 17:00 h.