Zaans Museum
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In the Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience you will always find something exciting to do. Visit our chocolate and biscuit factory and discover how Verkade biscuits and chocolate were made and admire our magnificent collection of packagings, graphic designs, paintings, photographs, films, Zaans painted furniture and utensils.On a regular base we organize activities for the whole family. Lectures, films, workshops and tasty activities like building cookie-factories using Verkade biscuit, make edible postcards, or get started with real Verkade chocolate!Besides the activity program we offer several investigative routes, you can design a wrapper for a chocolate bar, and of course taste the different Verkade Cookies . With the serious games you can test whether you 're just as agile as a Verkademeisje, or that you still have more talent for baking cookies .With the serious games on the factory square you become an engineer, planner, operator, technician or designer and will be introduced to the variety of technical occupations in the food sector.
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Mari R
Curitiba, PR3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was disappointing for us. We were expecting to be inside an interactive and curious chocolate museum with cool activities for kids, also with the smell of chocolate in thr air. But it was the opposite. It was an expensive experience for just one room.
Written 29 April 2024
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DrJonny
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Great little museum. Verkade factory superb, kid friendly with great exhibits and free samples of biscuits.

Buy the Zaanse Schans card here before visiting the rest of the area - discounts on food, free entry to some of the other attractions in the traditional dutch village.

If you're visiting Amsterdam you must come here.

Suggest take 391 bus from Amsterdam Centraal - takes you straight to their door in 30mins and runs every 30 mins
Written 31 August 2012
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Sue M
Sudbury, UK162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was a nice museum but mainly about the chocolate factory. I was hoping to see history of the Windmills and local houses.
Written 28 January 2020
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Deborah
Coolangatta, Australia238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Having walked along the canal bank and enjoyed the windmills we decided to visit the museum and learn a bit more about the area.

The museum is pretty naff. I found it a bit overpriced though. At just under 20 Euros it is around the same price as the big museums in Amsterdam.

For a start, the collection is quite random. There is a huge museum of a cookie and chocolate factory (?!?) in which we got lost trying to find the local history part. The staff member I asked fir directions from was quite rude. I don't say that lightly - I have rhino hide as a rule and am difficult to offend. All the other staff were nice.

The history part (after we found it) was somewhat haphazard. Definitely utilise the free recorded guides on offer. It showcases the string regional price, the history as a major industrial centre; with over 600 working windmills at its height. There are a lot of random collections from locals and a few nice paintings showcasing both the regional history and the area as an inspiration for the impressionist movement.

A slightly overpriced, somewhat overated museum. We actually enjoyed, far, far more, walking by the canal in the beautiful countryside, looking at the windmills.
Written 5 September 2019
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Elana G
New Mexico168 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Hugely disappointing, hard to understand and the factory which should be interesting had a Lucy n Ethel style cracker packaging game that was not working well.
Written 21 August 2019
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Tijana M
London, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The best thing about this museum is that you learn so much about Dutch main industrial centre & its production over the years through very concise but fun displays.

There is also a Chocolate & biscuit museum included, with lots of games and information presented in a very educational, practical but fun way!
Written 5 July 2019
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ytourist
53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
This museum you have to giveva visit, especially if you are anyway visiting the Zaanse Schaans as it it right next door, by visiting this museum you will get to learn more about the Zaanse way of life, and why the Area is càlled the Zaanse Streek,
it started out as a small whale fishing community and grew from there, you will also get to see the history of all the fabrieks along the Zaan river, also the chocolate factory Verkade, which is a good Dutch chocolate, worth a visit.
Written 8 July 2018
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Manoul
Beirut, Lebanon767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Zaans Museum opened to preserve and protect the heritage of the Zaan area. The museum was extended with the addition of the Verkade Experience. It 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. 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.
Written 25 June 2018
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Chetan_l
Bengaluru, India90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
The cheese factory, biscuit factory and interactive information kiosks about how the windmills work are a nice introduction to Zaans, just before you head to visit the famous windmills...
Written 10 December 2017
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Linda_Op_Reis
Amsterdam, The Netherlands57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
The museum is lovingly furnished and especially the Verkade pavilion is really nice to walk around, seeing all those machines in action. You can tell that a lot of TLC went into this. Living in this area, I also liked the local history part. My little nephew (8 years) definitely preferred the Verkade pavilion, as the local history contained a lot of written text, some long audio monologues (Peter the Great exhibition), 1 old movie (about paper production) and as good as no interaction.
The parking fee, however, is a real setback. As it turns out, although the Zaanse Schans parking lot is right next door, it does not belong to the museum. The price here is 8 euro's for any time over 30 minutes. I find that quite incredible. It would show decent visitor care to offer an affordable parking fee ("uitrijkaart") for those that buy a museum entrance ticket.
Written 28 February 2014
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