The Zuiderzee Museum in the City of Enkhuizen lets you discover all about life in the former Zuiderzee area through the ages. Find out about the tools people used, the clothes they wore and the crafts and trades they practised. Feel the omnipresent relation with water, which is virtually impossible to miss.
The Outdoor Museum boasts reconstructions of a number of different neighbourhoods with historical houses, where the atmosphere of days gone by is literally palpable. There are demonstrations of several old crafts that once were commonly practise in the regional fishing culture, which really add’s the ‘colour’ to local village community life. Surrounded by the thick walls of a seventeenth-century VOC warehouse is the Indoor Museum where an authentic wooden ‘botter’ (smack) and many other original specimens of boats that were used in the Zuiderzee area await you. Or let yourself be surprised by the various exhibitions in one of the Museum’s other rooms. Some of these exhibitions are temporary and every time they are changed, they throw a different light on the Zuiderzee culture, thereby creating a link between history and present.
A progressive activity of the Zuiderzee Museum is its policy to invite present-day designers and artists to create new art and designs that are somehow connected with the Zuiderzee history. With this approach the Museum adds to the meaning and relevance of history for the present. Up to this very day, the Zuiderzee history has proved a rich source of inspiration and knowledge.