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Living and working with water 26.03.2012


From 31 March onward visitors of the Zuiderzee Museum are invited to immerse themselves in the theme Water, which is filled with demonstrations, activities and information. In the Outdoor Museum visitors can meet persons whose daily lives are soaked with this element. Help the dike reeve to keep your socks dry, discover all about the rough existence of the fisherman and see how houseboat dwellers live.              

Visitors are welcome to use three routes that lead past authentic cottages, boats, a houseboat, crafts and special activities. The persons involved are present at the various locations in the form of stories, films, sounds and interactive media, which all make clear that hard work is being done to live with water and to control it.  

True to life characters
All characters are based on 'people of flesh and blood'. The dike reeve takes visitors along with him to dikes, polders, locks, mills and bridges and tells them how to build a clay dike all by themselves. On the fisherman's route visitors help to hoist the sails and haul in the nets. Via Skype they can also contact Klaas-Jelle Koffeman, known from the TV programme Man Bites Dog. He fishes the North Sea for sole and plaice and shows you live what it is like to live squeezed together on board a trawler. The fictitious houseboat dwellers show the visitors their daily lives in the past, present and future in a watery context: living on water, flushing the toilet, clean drinking water, possible floods and water fun.      

Opening hours
As of 31 March the Museum ferries are sailing again from the Entrance Pavilion and the Tourist Information Office ('VVV'). The Museum is ope daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information about parking and admission prices go to

The Year of Water is also made possible by the BankGiro Lottery, the Polder and Dike Board Hollands Noorderkwartier, Nature & Environment Education, the European Fisheries Foundation, the Province of North Holland and the Niemeijer Foundation.