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Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen Reviews
A living history Oct 28, 2012
Easily found the car-park for the museum. This park is at the south side of Enkhuizen, and, this may seem odd, is not located at the actual museum; this is the starting point, or the dock from where the ferry leaves. Ferries sail every 20 minutes, and the route leads alongside the town of Enkhuizen, to the northern part of the town where the "buitenmuseum" (the heritage area) is located. We had a nice view of Enkhuizen during the trip, which takes about 10-15 minutes.
Debarkation is next to the lime kilns, most convenient place because these are a landmark and easily be seen from most parts of the heritage area, so no risk to get lost ;)
Our fun was about to begin. And we had some fun! This museum is a must! Really!
A bit of re-enactment in the (replica heritage) old fishermen village of Urk. Urk used to be an island in the former Zuiderzee (sea), inhabitants mainly lived of what the sea had to share. Ofcourse there was also the risk of flooding, which happened to be the ill fate of Schokland.
We spoke to several inhabitants in the village and learned life along the Zuiderzee was not the easiest, but the overall impression was that the people were happy the way they lived their lifes.
In the streets we played hoops, rode our toy horses, but no, we did not go for the skipping rope ;)
Along our trail we noticed this place where smoked fish was sold, so we bought some smoked eel, and it was goooood! Simple wash basin with soap and towel to clean your hands after the greasy snack. These towels will be cleaned at the steam laundry machines in the village itself. The woman there gave a good explanation on how the machines were operated and how the laundry was taken care of. Flat-drying only, or just plain with the wrinkles still in - no hot-ironing here; flat-irons used to be filled with hot embers, and the staff would avoid the risk of burning the clothes and thus paying for the damage ;)
A nice canal with shops and houses for the upper-class is in the town part of the museum. Here we had to visit the cheese ware-house, which was the actual ware-house building our parents met each other and decided to spent their lives together. This building has been chosen for the museum and was moved from the village where we live, across the small streets and small ditches in our area, through the locks at Amsterdam and further on the Markermeer and IJsselmeer to its present location; it has been quite a project, because the actual move had to be done on a day without wind, to avoid the slightest risk of tilting. A slide show of this journey can be seen in the warehouse.
And ofcourse you can buy various types of dutch cheese here as well, after all, it is a cheesewarehouse!
We have seen lots of shops and stores, as well as a nice range of craft-shops. The hamlets, villages and towns along the shores of the Zuiderzee were much more self-sufficient in those days.
Oh, and we went to school, where we had the opportunity to have a lesson in writing the traditional way, with pen and ink, and every letter with thin lines up and bold lines down. Not easy... So glad I am righthanded, if you happen to be lefthanded you left hand would be slammed with the ruler. Which was a rude punishment and it did not work at all. So in 1957 this method was replaced for another one, and a more friendly approach. So we did not only learn to write according to the method "De loopende hand" but had some history as well ;)
So on our stroll through the heritage area we saw many houses, from small to large, with poor to rich interiors. Town life as well as farm yards, and many nostalgic objects.
At 16.30 we decided to hop over to the "binnenmuseum" (the exhibitions) but after the fun of the "real life stuff" this was a bit of a disappointment to us. The hall with the ships was nice though. Due to the lack of time (the museum closes at 17.00) we did not visit the "Journey around the Zuiderzee" exhibition, which might have been interesting as well.
So we left this part of the museum quickly and went our way through the old town to the ferry dock at the trainstation where we found we just missed a ferry. Instead of waiting 20 minutes for the next we decided we would walk to the car-park, which is about 15 minutes.
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travel back in time to 16th century Netherlands Jun 21, 2011
If you want to take a look at Dutch life in the 19th century, it is a nice place to visit, especially with kids, since there are a lot of discoveries to make for them and games to keep them entertained (for example dress up in traditional clothes and shoes: clogs/klomps).
It is not cheap, about 15 euro the entrance (ferry included in the price).
The place is really nice, however, it is not that big and if it is a sunny nice day it can get pretty crowded, which is not that pleasant.
You can eat great smoked palling there :)