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Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen

In 1932 the Afsluitdijk (the IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) closed off the former Zuiderzee from the North Sea, and the two inland seas thus created were called the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer (meer is Dutch for 'lake'). The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area. In 2011, the Zuiderzee Museum will devote much attention to its Year of the crafts. Every month from April to the end of October, the museum will spotlight a different craft in which both adults and children can participate. This story is visualized in the outdoor museum with historical buildings, and in the indoor museum with thematic exhibitions. Heritage, visual art, photography and design play an important role in this context.

Indoor museum

The indoor museum is the treasure chest of the Zuiderzee. Various temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the museum in a present-day setting. In this way, the history of the Netherlands acquires significance for today. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the indoor museum offers something for everyone in 2011.

Outdoor museum

The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. Staff and volunteers demonstrate historical crafts from everyday life at the beginning of the previous century. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.