Museumweg 2, Broek op Langedijk, Netherlands
www.broekerveiling.nl - 0226 - 31 38 07
Museum Broekerveiling Broek op Langedijk Reviews
Tourist in farmland Jul 10, 2015
A little bit of cultural education is always a good thing in my opinion and the versatility of this museum was a perfect setting on this Summerday: museum, auction demonstration and a boat tour. I think 18,50 euro entrance is a bit expensive but knowing what you get for it (museum-entrance, audio-tour, auction demonstration, and a boattrip) I think it is sure worth every cent of it.
This museum shows some heritage of the agriculture in the area: producing and trading. The area is called "Realm of the thousand islands", in reality there are over 15.000 little islands, on which the fields were (and still are) located, you could imagine the travelling to and fro the fields - with heavy loaded "skuiten" (a kind of barques).
The museum is located around the very spot where the vegetables were traded on auction, and the history of the "Dutch-auction" system (price is going down instead of up) is explained in detail, and showed in re-enactment. (I love these old-fashioned traditional North-holland clothing, reminds me on the closet on my grandmothers attic). The auction building is founded in 1912 and is beautifully designed in Jugendstil (Art-nouveau). "Skuiten" sail through he building showing the produce to sell.
In the halls you can see several boats waiting for the auction, the audio-tour information points gives specific information. On the property some buildings show what else was needed in a farmer's society: a.o. the blacksmith shop was needed to make the farmer's equipment, a shed to store crates, tools, as well as produce (f.e. cabbages can be stored some time, for a chance to get a better price).
Part of the museumvisit is a boat tour which takes about 45-50 minutes. The captain tells all kind of details on how farming was done in this "thousand island-area", which was very labour-intensive ofcourse. The island fields still can be rented, however there are hardly commercial farmers working here anymore, it is more people who wants to grow their own vegetables, and we also some a field where goats were raised. Important fact is that farming here must be done organically.
The staff was very friendly and cooperative. Since the program in the museum took longer than I had assumed I wanted to pick up some of our picknick lunch from the car, which was no problem for them. So we ate a bit of lunch on the museum property, in a very pleasant surrounding at te middle of the cabbage fields and in the shade of a mulberry tree.
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