Westfries Museum

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Roode Steen 1
1621CV Hoorn
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The Westfries Museum tells the story of one of the most exciting periods in the history of Holland and West Friesland in particular. Find yourself in the Golden Age and see the countless top pieces dating from 1500 to 1800.  

  • Find yourself in the Golden Age.
  • The collection embraces over 30,000 objects.
  • Sail along on VOC ship de Halve Maen.

The Westfries Museum has been located in one of Hoorn’s most beautiful monuments, right off the Roode Steen central square, since 1880. The building itself dates from 1632 and served as a court of justice in the past. Until 1932, the district court and the museum shared the building.  

Today, the national monument boasts 25 style rooms filled with paintings, porcelain, glass and silver work. Step through the gates of the 17th-century monument and find yourself in the Golden Age!

Museum Ship de Halve Maen  

The museum ship de Halve Maen is part of the Westfries Museum. This replica of a 17th-century VOC ship is the only seaworthy replica from the Golden Age in Holland. From May to October, you can board the magnificent sailing ship for a tour on Friday nights.  

Guided tours  

Listen to the stories of an experienced tour guide and be surprised at the different points of view. They know the stories of the museum pieces and the history of Hoorn and West Friesland in the Golden Age better than anyone. Opt for a guided museum tour or add a city tour of authentic Hoorn.  

Would you like to see it all from a comfortable chair? In that case, you can book the virtual tour. Don virtual reality goggles and stroll through Hoorn as it was in the Golden Age

Cool waters

26th October 2019 - 26th January 2020
The Netherlands is located in the lowest-lying delta in the world. The broad rivers, the location by the sea and 18,000 km of dikes that have to control the water determine the Dutch landscape. Water is both friend and foe. The Dutch earn their living from it, have fought wars over it, but also have to protect themselves against it. Painters have captured the water in many ways over the centuries. A striking selection of forty paintings from the Rijksmuseum’s collection, with water as both friend and foe in the leading role.

Accessibility of the Westfries Museum 

Hoorn is just 30 minutes away from Amsterdam in the heart of West-Friesland. It is easily reached by railway. The museum is just a 10 minute walk from the railway station. Because it is an old building, the museum is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.  

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