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Tanning Days > Sat 1 Jul 2017

On Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July we will host the Tanning Days, when historic vessels sail from Urk to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. The Historische Westhaven Urk foundation will come to the Museum's Marken Harbour to have their sails tanned (a process to ensure the sails cannot rot).

In the Harbour you can see how the sails are tanned and subsequently laid out to dry on the tanning field. Urk residents, wearing traditional costume, will bring the old times to life in the Museum.             


The Zuiderzee Museum aims to keep crafts alive and this season they receive even more attention within the context of the central theme Handmade. In the Outdoor Museum, visit the workshops of the fish smoker, sailmaker, ropemaker, netmaker, smith, cooper, stoker and basket weaver. Find out how it is that even today their craftsmanship is of great value and get to work on these trades yourself! In a pavilion designed especially for this year, you can set to work with typical Zuiderzee materials. Discover your creative talents and artisanal qualities. A great experience!

Outdoor Museum

The Museum ferry will take you on the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum, where you can make a walk through history. Go for a stroll on the cobbled streets along more than 140 authentic  dwellings, shops and workshops from villages round the former Zuiderzee including a chapel and a fish smoking shed. Give craftsmen in the Marken harbour a hand making nets, make a rope in the special workshop, give the housemaid a hand or have a chat with the Urk 'residents'. On the city canal there is a dressing-up chest with colourful traditional costumes that the children can put on. Join the family in a 1920s household for a meal or tuck into a lovely fresh-smoked fish. 
A number of presentations offers modern interpretations of traditional techniques, materials and themes, such as Richard Hutten's Zuiderzee Chair in the chapel.