About the Collection
The rich collection of the Zaans Museum reveals the local stories of the former residents, their lives and their work, the many innovations, and the industrial heritage. The museum collects objects from the Zaan region which date from the seventeenth century to the present. The collection contains over 32,000 objects.
The Zaans Museum collection
Our collection is founded on the 1874 Zaanlandsche oudheden en merkwaardigheden exhibition (Zaan antiquities and curiosities) which was held in the former Zaandam city hall and which resulted in the creation of the antiquities room of Zaandijk. In 1998 this collection was given on loan to the newly built Zaans Museum. The Zaans Museum also started acquiring its own collection.
Tsar Peter House collection in Zaandam
The Tsar Peter House in one of the oldest wooden houses in the Netherlands and contains a treasure trove of memories. Tsar Peter lodged here for seven days and slept in the box bed. Since 2003, the Tsar Peter House collection is part of the Zaans Museum.
Stichting Behoud Cultureel Erfgoed Verkade collection
In 2009, the comprehensive collection of the Stichting Behoud Cultureel Erfgoed Verkade (foundation for the safeguarding of Verkade cultural heritage) was added to the collection of the Zaans Museum. This collection is presented in the Verkade Experience, which brings the history of biscuits and chocolate to life.
Requests for images
Request a hi-res image from the collection here for publications and other commercial purposes. You can download images for private use via the Online Collection. Permission for use must be requested for publications and other commercial purposes using the form below. The general terms & conditions for use are applicable.
Request the right to use the image well-ahead of time. The average time period for a request to be processed is four weeks. If a photo needs to be taken of the object, processing might take even longer. For labour-intensive recordings of the object, the Zaans Museum reserves the right to apply different rates.
Images used for commercial purposes or publication €45 per photo
Urgent requests €20 extra per photo
Prices are excl. 21% VAT
The request will only be processed if the image request form below has been filled in completely. Once the form has been received, you will receive a confirmation of the agreements made and the costs. The invoice must be paid within fourteen days after the images have been delivered.
Read the general terms and conditions here.
Before submitting a request, we kindly ask that you consult the terms and conditions for loans.
A loan request must be submitted in writing at least three months before the start of the loan for the attention of Nikola Eltink, Director of the Zaans Museum.
The request must contain the following information:
• Reason for the request
• Exact period of the loan
• Address and the contact details of the applicant
• Object list with object numbers
• Description of the manner of exhibition (display case, security, climate and light conditions, etc.)
For general questions regarding loans, please contact the collection registrar. firstname.lastname@example.org