Museum Nieuw Land
113 Oostvaardersdijk, Lelystad, Netherlands
www.nieuwlanderfgoed.nl/museum - 0320 264 551
Museum Nieuw Land Lelystad Reviews
New or Old? Feb 23, 2011
It was this museum I wanted to visit for awhile because its exhibitions on the prehistoric past of the area. The major part of the nowadays province Flevoland was still deep water when I was a child but actually this area was inhabited in ancient times, to be more specific the New Stone age. Did those people live on the water then? Not at all, the area was a perfect place to live for the hunter-gatherers of that period; a lot of small streams, with higher banks to live on. The culture is named Swifterbantculture, after the village where the first artefacts were found, because these finds did not fit in any known prehistoric culture.
The museum provides good information on this prehistoric period, by means of archeological finds and panels with chronological information.
In the second part of the Middle Ages huge storms causes huge floods and the prehistoric wetland was slowly disappearing into the sea.
The Zuiderzee became bigger and bigger, and in the Dutch golden age (roughly A.D. 1600-1700) it was of strategical and economical importance, but it also became more and more dangerous for the remaining land.
In the 19th century Ir. Cornelis Lely had this idea of damming of the Zuiderzee and reclaim the land from the sea.
The material in the museum shows the importance and the danger of the Zuiderzee, and there is a nice exhibition called "Polderen" (to reclaim) showing several aspects of the process. This exhibition is particularly nice for children, because they can operate a simple pumping engine, as well as a jacobsladder (conveyor belt).
And there is information on the new regained land, with the extremely fertile clay soil. This is shown with dried flowers, in a chronological order, from the few simple pioneer plants to great diversity of the present days.
And also the farmers: Flevoland is one of the major agricultureal areas of the Netherlands.
The museum gives a good impression on all these aspects, however the set-up at the downstairs (biggest part of the museum) was not very clear.
The entrance fee was for adults: 7,50 euro and children (6-17 years old) 3,50 euro (February 2011)
An inquiry form is handed when you buy your tickets, and it is appreciated if you fill in this form.
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