Zaans Museum: Where history comes to life

No trip to Zaandam is complete without a visit to the Zaans Museum. Located at the Zaanse Schans, this museum dives into the history of the local Zaan region. It will raise your understanding of what makes de Zaanstreek a unique cultural history.

Due to its location, the Zaans Museum is a must-visit during your trip to the Zaanse Schans. I also recommend visiting the Molen (windmill) Museum, located at the end of the path, past all the windmills. Between these two museums, you will fully understand the importance of windmills, the Industrial Revolution, shipbuilding, and how windmills work.

Zaans Museum and Parking lot

Visitor information Zaans Museum, at the Zaanse Schans

Basic information you require in order to ensure your trip is stress free. For additional information visit the website of the Zaans Museum.

Location and parking

The Zaans Museum and the Zaanse Schans are conveniently located only 16 km from Amsterdam Centre. With such a close proximity, it’s reassuringly easy to get to, making it a perfect day trip destination.

The address is:

Schansend 7

1509 AW Zaandam

You can easily reach the Zaandam area by bike, train, bike, or car.

If you arrive by car, there’s a dedicated parking area for both the museum and the Zaanse Schans. We’ve got you covered with more details about parking, including the cheaper, nearby lot and where to park a motorhome, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your visit.

Opening Times

The museum is open daily (except 4 days around the Christmas holiday season; check the Zaans Museum website for complete details. The location is open for visitors from 10:00 until 17:00 (5:00pm).

How much time do you need for the museum?

Well, this will depend entirely on how you visit a museum. Do you read every exhibit, listen to the full audio tour, and take time? Or do you simply take in the atmosphere and read what grabs your attention? I am the latter, and I still took about 1 and a half hours to view the exhibits.

There is a lot to see, so I recommend reserving 1.5 to 2 hours for your visit to this museum. Let me know how your visit went and what amount of time you found perfect for your visit to the Zaans Museum.

Zaans Museum gives a look at the industrial history of the Zaan Region

Is the Zaans Museum free?

No, it is not free. This museum is beautifully done and has a variety of exhibits that highlight the history of the Zaanstreek.

The entree tickets are now part of the Zaanse Schans Ticket.  For an Adult it is 17.50 euros and for children from 4 to 17 years old, 12.50 euros. There is no reduced ticket price for 65+, students or families.  There is however a group ticket for 10 individuals or more. For more information check out the Zaanse Schans Ticket Webpage.  

The ticket price not only covers the Zaans Museum, but also the windmills which are open on that day, the molen (windmill) museum, as well as a number of the smaller attractions.

While entry isn’t free, there are options for free entry to the Zaans Museum if you have one of the following cards or subscriptions. If you plan on visiting more museums during your stay, the I Amsterdam Card and the Museum Card are both great options that will provide massive savings for you and your family.

I Amsterdam Card

Museum Kaart

Rembrandt Card

Where can you buy your tickets?

You can purchase your tickets directly from the Zaans Museum Website or on location.

The Fun Verkade Experience is hands on learning


The museum showcases the industrial history of the Zaanstreek area, along with local art and photography, historical artefacts and architecture, Claude Monet’s works in Zaandam, and the famous Dutch Verkade biscuits produced in the area.

Something is available for old or young, art or history buffs alike.

The Dutch history of this unique region in north Holland comes to life via the variety of exhibits on display. They showcase not only the industrialization of the area around the River Zaan but also a glimpse into old Holland life itself.

Zaans Museum gives a look at the industrial history of the Zaan Region

Verkade Experience

This was probably my husband’s favourite section of the museum. On display were all his childhood favourite biscuits, which brought back many memories. Even if you are not Dutch, this exhibit is unique in that a variety of the original equipment is on-site and running. It showcases how the factory floor would have looked. It provides a glimpse into industrialization in ways most have never seen or experienced.

What about the young visiting? This will be their favourite exhibit due to the number of interactive computer games. Try boxing chocolates at a record speed against your component and see if you have what it takes to be a Verkade Lady.

The Verkade Experience showcases the actual process to make cookies.

Monet and the Zaan scenery

A section of the museum is dedicated to local art and artists, including the most famous visitor, Claude Monet. During his time in Zaandam, he painted the famous windmills and Dutch landscapes. Today, 25 paintings and 9 sketches are known to be from Monet’s time there.

If you are lucky, one of Monet’s only paintings of the area still in the Netherlands will be on display. It is occasionally loaned out to other museums.

Zaandam Wooden Houses

The Zaandam Wood Houses area showcases life-size replicas of historic Zaan homes from the 17th to 19th centuries. Visitors can view the traditional Dutch costumes, furniture, and artefacts used by Zaan residents over the centuries, providing insight into daily life.

Dive into why Zaan houses are green.

A look at the Zaandam Wooden Houses


Overall, the Zaans Museum provides a comprehensive look at this unique time and place that shaped the Netherlands into one of the most advanced economies in early modern Europe.

Visitors to the museum can learn about the work, living conditions, and traditions of the people who lived and worked there during the rise of industry in the Zaan Region.

With plenty of interactive exhibits, there is plenty to keep even the youngest visitors entertained. Allowing you time to absorb the authentic culture of the region.

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