Museums are no longer the show-room of objects of art and science,
but have become institutions where the visitor can search for beauty,
surprise, historical insight and environmental awareness.
World Highest Museum Density
Holland , though a small country, has about 1200 museums and of
all those museums we love to show you the somewhat less known, but
yet surprising ones. Surprise, more than anything else, is a distinguishing
feature of HollandTheRideWay.
Bottle ship museum, Thimble museum , the Distillery museum, the
Leiden American Pilgrim museum
Experience surprise for example by an until now unknown collection
of objects such as little ships in bottles, thimbles and 10,000
miniature gin-bottles or the story of the founders of New England,
|© Bottle ship museum
||© Museum of Bags and Purses
|Emperor Napoleon's fort
|© Fort Kijkduin
The most exciting fort in the Netherlands
Dutch maritime heritage
As lover of maritime archeology you will have the time of your
life in the Dutch institute for Maritime and Underwaterarcheology,
where shipwrecks and a Roman treetrunk canoe can be seen. In the
workshop open to the public you can follow the repair and conservation
process at close quarters.
Electrical machine of 1784
Besides the oldest museum in the country, founded in 1780 to spread
knowledge about art and science among the population and possessing
the biggest electrostatic generator of Van Marum of 1784, and the
Planetarium of Eise Eisinga of 1781, there are by now many other
museums such as for example the museum of Bags and Purses, Hourglass,
Barrel organ, Alarmclock, Rock and Roll, Jukebox, Spectacles, Steam
engine and Escher Museum
21 hectares of sculptures
In the unspoilt natural surroundings of the Hoge Veluwe National
Park is the Kroller-Muller Museum, a magnificent blend of paintings,
sculptures, architecture and nature where many works by Van Gogh
World War II wrecks
In a special museum the remembrance of World War II is kept alive.
A bridge too far
history of the Battle of Arnhem (1944) can be seen in the Airborne
Museum where one may gain a clear insight into Operation Market
Garden and the famous film "A bridge too far".
© Meetkundige Dienst Rijkswaterstaat
Ajax Football museum
The history of a famous Amsterdam football team can be seen in
the Ajax Football museum.
Mozart and Handel in Haarlem
You can very well combine your museum visit with a walk in a historic
city centre. After a visit to Holland’s oldest museum, for
example , you are very soon in the historic city centre of Haarlem
where the interior of the mighty St Bavo-church shows you its treasures
such as the Christiaan Muller organ on which Handel in 1750 and
Mozart in 1766 played and the tomb of the famous Dutch painter Frans
Holy Ghost bench of 1470
Also in this church is the Holy Ghost Bench, also called breadboard,
of 1470, even before the discovery of America by Columbus.
Frans Hals, Dutch painter
By the way, the Frans Hals museum is not far from here.