Dutch national costume Museum

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The global village has overstretched itself when it comes to fashion. All over the world, the clothing range has become identical. New designers are in vogue for just one season. As a response to this fast fashion, consumers take a renewed interest in sustainable fashion with a story, in which craft and handwork are prominent. This stirs up a new curiosity in traditional folk costumes. Local and traditional garb, with its characteristic scent of form and proportion, is a source of inspiration for today‘s fashion designers.

In a monumental 17th century canal house on the Herengracht, the Dutch Costume Museum shows everyone who is interested in folklore the explosion of colours, combinations and designs, reflecting the history of the Dutch folk costumes, and the stories and related practices. This way these stories will not be forgotten, in a time when folk costumes are gradually vanishing from our streets. Wandering through a 17th century monument is an unique experience by itself. 

The Dutch Costume Museum presents all the traditional Dutch Costumes, uses objects, multimedia and film to take you back to the cultural history from around 1900 to present day. You’ll be surprised at how fascinating the story behind the costumes in all the different regions is.


The museum organizes weekly, and on request for groups, workshops in the Unesco listed craftwork ‘Staphorst Stipwerk’. A paint dotting technic that the people in Staphorst use to decorate their traditional costumes. 

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The museum is on the corner of the Flowermarket, tramstop 1,2,5. Busstop and boatstop is in 5 minutes walking distance. 

Tour operator rates available for the travel industry. We will be happy to assist ([email protected] or  +31-(0)20-8452399). For events please contact [email protected] or +31-(0)20-8452399. 

www.dutchcostumemuseum.com  and  www.dutchcostumephoto.com