Zaans Museum, Zaandam

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Zaans Museum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzaːns myˈzeːjʏm]) is a museum in Zaandam, Netherlands, located at the Zaanse Schans. It opened in 1998 to preserve and protect the heritage of the Zaan area. In 2009, the museum was extended with the addition of the Verkade Experience.

In 2016, the Zaans Museum opened three locations with living history at the Zaanse Schans: the Cooperage, the Jisper House, and the Weaver’s House. Another annex of the Zaans Museum is the Tsar Peter House in the centre of Zaandam.

The museum houses cultural-historical and regional collections examining the residential and industrial culture. In 2015, the museum acquired a painting from the Zaan period (4 June – 8 October 1871) of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet, entitled 'The Voorzaan and the Westerhem'.

The Zaans Museum is both physically connected with the Zaanse Schans and connected in terms of its exhibits. It sets itself the objective of offering extra depth to tourist visits to the Zaanse Schans by linking the archetypal image of 'Holland' with the factual history of the Zaan region.

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  • So me and family visited the museum about a week ago and used our "Iamsterdam" cards to get inside. (These cards are really expensive and you can get inside almost every museum in Amsterdam.) After...  more »
  • A museum of history and local ethnography, made with professionalism, with respect for the tourist, without unnecessary or worthless things. The wide thematic palette, combining history with...  more »
  • Very crowded with tourists but still worth checking out. We booked scooters from the Scooter Experience and scootered there which really made the experience even more enjoyable. Highly recommend. You can park your scooter and then walk around and check out the windmills, cheese shops, and other little shops along the way. Such a fun way to spend the day.
  • Good museum depicts life and contributions of the region to the Netherlands and the world. It has many exhibits, showing the products that came out from the factories that special to the area. Some interactive exhibits, quite suitable for children. Families can spend a couple of hours here.

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