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Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen
November 21, 2014
Emmanuelle Guenot
Emmanuelle Guenot
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Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen

The Zuiderzee Museum is located in Enkhuizen in Noord-Holland. The museum lets you revive the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee. You can see, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the construction of the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam), which changed the sea into the IJsselmeer (IJssel lake) in 1932.

This amazing museum consists of two parts: the outdoor Buitenmuseum and the indoor Binnenmuseum. The outdoor museum covers 15 acres and accommodates buildings such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages.The indoor museum is devoted to farming, fishing and shipping, the temporary exhibitions display the rich collections of the museum. Also, artifacts from other aspects of Enkhuizen's cultural past are shown, including art and furniture.

If you want to taste some delicacies or just drink a coffee, this is possible at a number of café’s and restaurants.


The indoor and outdoor museums are both wheelchair accessible. In older outdoor areas including somes streets, alleys and buildings there's a steep incline. The information desk provides a map showing the wheelchair-friendly route through the outdoor museum. People with special needs who cannot visit the museum independently are allowed to bring an assistant for free. A number of wheelchairs are available and can be found at the entrance pavilion and at the city entrance.

The restaurants called Het Amsterdam Huis en Het Peperhuis are wheelchair accessible and have toilets adapted for people with limited mobility.

The outdoor museum is not open year round, it's closed during the Winter season. It opens again on the 28th of March and closes in October. The indoor museum is open year round from 10h00 to 17h00, with the exception of Christmas Day.

How to get there

Enkhuizen’s NS train station is a 10 minute walk from the entrance. The museum ferry is a single-floor vessel and has wide aisles. The museum ferry can accommodate four or five wheelchairs at one time. By car, it is possible to park at the entrance pavilion (outside the city of Enkhuizen) or at the city entrance (in the city centre of Enkhuizen). To reach the parking place at the city entrance the address is: Wierdijk 12-22, 1601 LA Enkhuizen.

Visit the museum

Accessible Travel Netherlands organizes tours and transport to the Zuiderzee Museum for people with access needs. Please email us for an enquiry:

Adress: Zuiderzeemuseum, Sluisweg 1, 1601 MB Enkhuizen, Noord Holland, the Netherlands.

Source: website Zuiderzeemuseum

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Emmanuelle Guenot

Emmanuelle Guenot

Emmanuelle Guenot works for Accessible Travel Netherlands
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