Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen


Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen

The history of the Zuiderzee area comes to life in the 130 old houses of this open-air museum.

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Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, located in a beautiful fishing village by IJsselmeer lake, brings the stories of the people living around the Zuiderzee in the past to life.

  • Find out what life was like in the historic Zuiderzee area.
  • Admire the largest collection of wooden ships in Holland.
  • Visit the old workshops, fish smokehouses and net makers.

Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, located in more than a hundred and thirty authentic houses, shops and workshops, shows the history and culture of this unique region. Much attention is given to the past, present and future of the area in relation to such themes as water, traditional crafts and communities.

Historic Dutch experience in the Buitenmuseum

The Buitenmuseum (Open-Air Museum), open from March to October, is visited with a true museum ferry. Here, you will see authentic buildings and learn all kinds of things about life around the Zuiderzee between 1880 and 1930 – in other words, the last years before the completion of the Afsluitdijk in 1932. There are workshops, fish smokehouses and net makers, and you can visit Urk homes and share a meal in a 1920 household.

There is much fun to be had for children as well. They can try on traditional clothing, make a clog boat of their own or send their very own message in a bottle.

The Binnenmuseum: treasure room of the Zuiderzee

In the Binnenmuseum (Indoor Museum; open all year), you can among others discover photography, traditional costumes and the largest collection of wooden ships in Holland. See, feel and taste what life was like before the Afsluitdijk changed the Zuiderzee sea into IJsselmeer lake. It’s a unique experience!

More in the area

If in Enkhuizen, do make sure to at least visit the pleasant harbor and enjoy some fish on a terrace. Another special experience is a trip by historic steam train and the museum ship Friesland past the historic towns of North Holland: Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen.


In Enkhuizen, you can stay in unique locations: in the historic harbor, in the old school building or in a fully renovated VOC-Huys (East India Company House). View the range of holiday homes on offer in Enkhuizen and enjoy a holiday in this unique, historic place.

Accessibility and parking at Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen is less than an hour by car from the capital city of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Enkhuizen is also well accessible by public transport. If traveling by car, make sure to pay attention to where you may and may not park. Parking at Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen costs 5 euros per day.

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