The Zuiderzee Museum was founded in 1948. The decision was made to develop an open air Museum at the end of the nineteen sixties. The Museum Park was completed in 1983, after years of preparation. This provides an image of how people used to live and work around the Zuiderzee between 1880 and 1930, the period which preceded the completion of the IJsselmeer Dam in 1932.


Stephan Warnik is Zuiderzee Museum’s Director since 1 July 2011. The Zuiderzee Museum employs around 230 people and also boasts 290 volunteers.