Zoutmuseum Delden Reviews
With a grain of salt May 08, 2011
Together with water and light, salt is one of the few basic needs in life. Without salt there would be no life. So, salt is an interesting topic in its own right. But is it worth an entire museum? The answer is, yes! Though, the salt museum’s advertisement promising a ‘total salt experience’ should be taken with a grain of salt.
The museum is not surprisingly located in Delden, where in 1886 in the garden of a nearby castle salt was found. The exhibition spread over three floors shows you all the facets of salt (history, chemistry, culture and symbolism), salt mining, salt production, products and uses. The museum also boasts an interesting collection of salt (& pepper) shakers. The museum shop isn’t big, but in my book that’s not negative. Some parts of the exhibition are interactive, some is audio, some video, there are beautiful bore cores on display and lots and lots of info signs.
Despite being housed in a gorgeous old building, this air conditioned museum is wheelchair accessible (an elevator is present for second and third floor). Also, it has clean bathrooms and a ‘coffee corner’ that relies on the good will and honesty of the people; you can take a soft drink from the fridge after which you're supposed to leave the appropriate amount of cash in a little box. I also shouldn’t forget to mention there’s free parking around the museum.
Het Zoutmuseum, is one of the cheapest museums I’ve ever been to; Adults 3.50 euro, kids aged 6 to 12 pay 1.75 euro (prices May 2011), kids up to 6 years of age and Museumkaart (Museum Card) holders: free! After searching long and hard I could find only one negative aspect to this museum; both their internet site and all the info in the museum are in Dutch only. Still interesting to see, but will be less of an ‘experience’ if you can’t read the signs.
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