​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.

Hunt

Go on a treasure hunt to explore the Outdoor Museum and find out what food comes 'from the sea' and 'from the land'. What did people eat about one hundred years ago? Where did the ingredients come from? And – also important in times without a fridge – how did you keep perishable food fresh as long as possible? Try some of the surprising snacks from former times and also taste present-day delicacies based on traditional recipes. Because that's what A Taste of History is like! But food is something you have to experience yourself, so go to the fish smoking shed to try some sprat, discover old fruit varieties in the orchard and enjoy an old-fashioned 'ulevelletje' sweet. When you've finished your hunt and solved the word puzzle, you receive a nice surprise gift to work on at home!  


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.

Clog boat*

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.

Writing lessons*

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.

Dressing up*

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!

Old-fashioned Dutch games

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? 

Rope-making

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?

Beastly environment

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.

Pimp your wooden shoe*

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.

Waterworks expedition

The Waterworks expedition is made up of real islands in the water. Opposite the limekilns, in the Outdoor Museum, there is an open area with picnic tables and the 'Schokland'  play island. Here the little ones can catch aquatic animals 'from the sea' with fishing rods. The other three former Zuiderzee islands, Urk, Wieringen and Pampus, you can reach by rowing boat. Between the open area and the water there is a 50 metre long gutter-shaped water channel. With various 'stream profiles' you can manage the movement and current of the water and feel its power! Open from 14 June.

Making soap*

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.

Mystery tours

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!

Indoor Museum

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.