Zuiderzeemuseum / Post #1 (Enkhuisen, The Netherlands)

Zuiderzeemuseum is a mostly open air museum village set up to mimic the architecture and ‘atmosphere’ of village life around the Zuiderzee throughout history.” (Wikipedia)

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You need a full day to explore this place (and we still didn’t see everything!). There’s lots to do here. I ended up with so many photos that I’ll have to break this up into two posts, I think.

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The exterior of the indoor part of the Museum that we didn’t have time to see (supposed to be great!).

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Side view of the building. See how it leans forward? You’ll see that a lot in Holland. Houses used to be taxed on the footprint of the building, so they built narrow buildings. The narrow staircases made it hard to move in furniture, so a hook is built into the top of the building so that furniture can be hoisted up (pulley) through the top window. The buildings have a slight forward lean so that the furniture, etc. doesn’t bump and drag along the facade of the building and get damaged.

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you can learn how to make fish nets..

..and these wooden clog sail boats

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Kids can dress up in old fashioned traditional Dutch clothing. Quinnie wanted to do this but we ran out of time. They also had a building where you could make your own scented soap, but we didn’t have time to do that either (those wooden boats take a long time to make!).

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old fashioned bowling

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and other games

you can also learn how to make rope

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Kiera exploring and checking out drying fish skins

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They had old stores and homes with reenactors. Cheese shop 🙂

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basket weaving

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wood shop

We stopped here to get some smoked herring and eel.

The girls LOVED it!

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blackened wooden clog sail boat at the fish smoking place

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Quinnie ate her fish on the grassy hill behind this windmill (you can see the fish smoking place in front of the windmill).

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She went back for seconds!

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view of the North Sea behind us (lots of sail boats!)

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You can rent these row boats..

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..or go “fishing”. This was surprisingly hard!

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There was this awesome hill you could climb up and run down. At first I thought it was made up of gravel…

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Nope! A huge hill of shells!

 

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Quinnie choosing a few shells to bring home.

Last post on Zuiderzeemuseum and Enkhuisen coming up next…

 

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