Discover what exhibitions are showing at the Zaans Museum.
De Zaanstreek maakt het (The Zaan region really makes it)
Just a stone’s throw from Amsterdam, the Zaan region developed into Western Europe’s first industrial area. There was a time when there were over 600 active windmills here! Many different food products such as cocoa, rice, and oil have been produced here for centuries.
Claude Monet in Zaandam
Claude Monet visited Zaandam in 1871. The famous French painter was so impressed by the Zaan landscape, the windmills, the wooden houses, and the Zaan river that he created an astounding 25 paintings and 9 sketches of the landscape. The Zaans Museum purchased The Voorzaan and the Westerhem by Claude Monet in June 2015.
Typisch Zaans (Typically Zaans)
Halfway through the nineteenth century the Zaan region underwent a rapid change as a result of the growth of industry. Local historians and collectors captured this part of history in books and collections. ‘Preserving the past, before it’s too late’ was their motto. Be amazed by the themes and objects that are characteristic of the Zaan region.
Right in the very heart of the museum is the Verkade Experience, a real treat for young and old! Here, you will be transported back to the chocolate and biscuit factory of the early twentieth century, where the original machines are still churning away and the history of Verkade comes alive.