There’s far more to visiting the Netherlands than just Amsterdam and windmill-spotting. The heart of the low-countries boasts a spectacular naval history. At the Zeeuws Maritiem muZEEum in Vlissingen, you can get to know Holland’s dramatic seafaring past.
The Zeeuws Maritiem MuZEEum Experience
While Zeeuws Maritiem muZEEum has a great collection of artefacts, one of the biggest attractions of the museum is learning about the great Dutch ocean-going figures of history. Michel de Ruyter – a national hero and celebrated seaman – hailed from Vlissingen, and the museum has a stunning collection of paintings and artefacts from his life.
The Golden Age
You may have heard of the Dutch East India Company and this is the place to find out more. The museum has a fantastic collection telling the story of the Dutch Golden Age. Visitors can imagine a life at sea with presentations on hygiene, food and sailing.
An Educational Adventure
Holland’s swashbuckling past won’t be lost on children with plenty of activities and exciting displays aimed at younger visitors. The Kazematten – or casemates – are open from April to October. These fascinating sea and military defences were built by Napoleon and include special games, puzzles and a play area for children.
More Than Just A Museum
Other attractions available at the museum include the opportunity to visit the Oranjemolen- a windmill which bore witness to the decisive World War II Battle of the Sheldt- and tours of the harbour. You can also take a walking tour of Uncle Beach, a site of the World War II allied landing.
Opening Hours and Other Information
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is accessible by road, train and ferry. Please visit the museum website for ticket prices and details.
Day-tripping from Amsterdam
You may wish to stay in Vlissingen and investigate the province of Zeeland further, but larger cities are only a few hours away by car or train. When exploring the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a natural base of operations. There are plenty of comfortable, sensibly priced guesthouses with great transport links. Amsterdam Hostel Leidseplein offers budget-friendly rooms and lies only a short walk from the tram station.