The Zuiderzeemuseum is a museum located on the Wierdijk in Enkhuizen, Netherlands devoted to preserving Enkhuizen's cultural heritage as well as the maritime history of the Zuiderzee, and since 1932, the IJsselmeer. Open year-round, it consists of an "inside" and an "outside" museum, though the "outside" museum is only open in the summer.
Enkhuizen was an important shipping port for centuries until the Zuiderzee was enclosed by the afsluitdijk in 1932. According to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica: Template:Cquote The "inside" museum, which is a string of 17th century buildings that once were VOC warehouses, contains temporary exhibition areas, as well as some permanent installations, most notably the ship's hall, which allows visitors a close-up view of some of the more common types of historical boats from Enkhuizen's rich fishing industry. Among these beautiful boats is the Sperwer, owned by the English adventurer Merlin Minshall Merlin Minshall, who sailed this boat from England to the Danube estuary in the 1930's. The indoor museum also displays artifacts from other aspects of Enkhuizen's cultural past, including art and furniture.<ref name=Web>Museum website</ref>
The "outside" museum was completed in 1983 and it recreates a village of small houses from all over the IJsselmeer region and represents the way people lived in the IJsselmeer in the 19th century and at the start of the 20th century.<ref name=Web/>
The "inside" museum has a restaurant which itself is a National Heritage site, called the Peperhuis.<ref name=Rijks>Rijksmonument report</ref> It is available to rent for events, as well as having a separate entrance and opening hours.
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Typical scene at the Zuiderzee Museum.
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Pheme in the courtyard of the museum
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Ceramics from the Faience- en tegelfabriek Holland in Utrecht
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Ships on display inside the museum in the Schepenhal or ships hall.