A day at the Zuiderzee Museum is really far too short, as there are so many fun things to do. The Outdoor Museum will show you how children used to live. Would you like to take a look inside a school or sweet shop which are a hundred years old? You can also get dressed up and take part in a treasure hunt.
Children used to make boats out of clogs. The children who lived in the fishing villages along the water were particularly good at this. You can also build your own clog boat in the Outdoor Museum and take it home afterwards.
Nowadays all children in the Netherlands go to school. That was not always the case in olden days. Here you can learn to write with a dip pen, just like the children did in 1930. Visit the Kollum School and try it yourself.
There is a dressing up chest along the town canal that is full of old-fashioned clothes. Why not try on the clothes that a person from Volendam or Marken used to wear. I bet you’ll look great!
In the Outdoor Museum you regularly encounter all kind of interesting things: hoops, and hobby-horses, to name just a few. Children often played with such things a long time ago. Perhaps you can still do it? There is also a square with all kinds of games, such as the skittle alley and a floor for spinning tops. Why not challenge your (grand)parents to a game?
In bygone days, ropes were made from material that came from plants, such as hemp. You can make an old-fashioned skipping rope with the rope-maker himself in the Outdoor Museum. While you are making the rope, you will see how the thin strands twist together to jointly form a very strong skipping rope. Want to try it?
There are animals everywhere in the Outdoor Museum. Large carp and ducks swim in the canals. Sheep and goats belonging to old breeds wander around. By giving these creatures a place in the Museum, we ensure that these breeds do not die out.
Would you like to make a true work of art from a wooden shoe? Here's your chance to 'pimp' a wooden shoe with different colours of paint and all sorts of handicraft materials and turn it into your own wonderful creation. A great opportunity to show your creativity.
Water works consists of real islands in the water, and a playground with a play island! In the Outdoor Museum, opposite the limekilns, there is a square with picnic tables and the play island 'Schokland'. Here the little ones can fish with hook and line for aquatic animals in the 'sea'. And you can go to three former Zuiderzee islands (Urk, Wieringen and Pampus) by rowing boat. Between the square and the water there is a 50 metre long narrow water channel. Here you can control the movement and current of the water, by means of different 'water profiles'. You'll be surprised at the strength of the water!
In the harbour of Marken is an island with a house; here you can get cracking with scents and colours. Select one of the lovely colours and scents and make your own small bar of soap to take home.
Why is a bedstead so small? You will find out when you take part in the ‘Pieces of history’ mystery tour. You can take part in various different mystery tours, each with a different theme. This will take you along many of the houses and streets in the Outdoor Museum. And by the end of the day you will know a lot more about the past than your parents!
The family exhibition entitled Journey around the Zuiderzee offers all kinds of pleasant hands-on activities for the entire family: visitors can compose their own version of a Hindeloopen interior, participate in a Zuiderzee karaoke battle, play a table football match between the blues and the reds, and join in the general knowledge quiz on the Zuiderzee. This provides a light-hearted way to experience the highlights of the Museum collection, take in personal stories, and engage with interactive installations covering life around the former inland sea and the present-day IJsselmeer.
* These activities are organized during the weekends, public holidays and school holidays.