This unique museum opened in 1994. It houses an impressive collection of objects from the 20th century that will appeal to both young and old alike! Your visit will take you on a nostalgic journey through the last century that offers something for everyone, from young children to their grandparents. An English audio tour is available at the reception free of charge.
The Museum moved in 2011 to imposing new premises on Oostereiland in the historic harbour of Hoorn. The Museum has an elevator and other excellent facilities for disabled people. It furthermore has a Museum Shop, where you will find a large selection of books and interesting and nostalgic gifts.
Over a two-year period, the former prison complex “De Krententuin” was transformed to accommodate not only the Museum of the 20th Century, but also Cinema Oostereiland, together with a Brasserie and a Tourist Information Centre. A superb view of Hoorn and the IJsselmeer can be enjoyed from the whole of Oostereiland. During the summer the harbour bustles with pleasure boats, old Dutch barges and cruise ships.
In the permanent museum collection, you will find many familiar but long forgotten items from the last century. These include the first electrical gadgets and household equipment, to classical children’s toys and games. Children can enjoy playing with Lego, and the younger children can entertain themselves with Thomas the Tank Engine. You can visit a high street with a Baker’s Shop, Haberdashery, Hairdresser, Printers, and then wander around rooms styled according to different decades of the 20th century. There is also an old-fashioned classroom with wooden desks. Sometimes, during school holidays, children can sit in on a real lesson, as they were given in the last century.