Open air museum at Enkhuizen
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In 2007 I went to the open air museum at Enkhuizen in Noord Holland with my grandmother ( the mother of my mother). We both were never been here before and wanted to see it for so long. So when we stayed in our Bed & Breakfast adress in a small village called "Noordeinde" near "De Rijp" in the province of North Holland we decided to pay this open air museum a visit.
The Zuiderzeemuseum is a museum that recreates a village of mostly small houses from all over the IJsselmeer region. It represents the way people lived around the IJsselmeer in the 19th century and at the start of the 20th century. The Zuiderzee Museum presents Dutch art, design and cultural legacy at the interface of land and water.
The Marken Harbour is a reconstruction of a nineteenth century harbour. You can see how the fishermen used to mend and knit their nets. You can enjoy a stroll along the quay to admire the ships and houses from Marken, Volendam and Monnickendam. A replica of a slip shed has been built near the harbour.
The church which proudly stands in the Museum Park was located in Den Oever for many centuries.
The hustle and bustle along the town canal always results in a great atmosphere. One side has been reconstructed like Edam. You will find the patisserie, the pharmacy, the cheese warehouse and the butcher. Children can get dressed up in traditional Volendam or Marken costumes and visit the Farmer Loan Bank.
Before you reach the poor, but oh so lovely fishing village, you will pass a fish smoker’s and a real wind watermill. From the little dike you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the IJsselmeer. Then you can stroll on into the village. Urk residents ‘live’ here just like they did back in 1905. With a bit of luck you might just be in time for dinner and you can join them for a smoked herring with boiled potatoes.
The peninsula starts behind the three characteristic limekilns. This largely consists of a nature area. You can take some time out to relax at the picnic spot and enjoy nature, just like us.
Hard working people are all over the Museum Park. They do work which no longer exists today or work which has seen radical changes.
To make a long story short, The open air museum at Enkhuizen is an absolute must!!!